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KRISTIN CHENOWETH POWERHOUSE PERFORMER SHARES LOVE LETTER

SOMETHING ROTTEN! COMIC CULTURE PLASTER PAINT COMPANY LOMAH DAIRY PARTNER EXERCISES ALBERT G’S PIZZA EXPRESS JUSTIN THOMPSON

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FROM THE MAYOR As mayor of Tulsa, it is my honor to welcome you to our great city. Whether you’re visiting, or have deep roots here, I invite you to take time to explore our beautiful city and discover all the things that set us apart from other cities.

I highly recommend Preview 918 as your go-to guide to navigate our incredible city. For more than 30 years, Preview has covered the 918, offering Tulsans and visitors alike the inside scoop to area restaurants and cafés, lodging, local attractions and events, world-class entertainment venues, tourist destinations and unique shopping venues that are bound to please and delight. Our city is home to the world’s greatest collection of western art at the Gilcrease Museum as well as Italian Renaissance displays at the Philbrook Museum. It’s a treasure trove for lovers of architecture from mid-century modern housing to the downtown Art Deco District and our iconic BOK Center, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect César Pelli. Tulsa’s unique entertainment and shopping districts provide enjoyable experiences for the entire family. From an art crawl in the Brady District, to a concert at the historic Cain’s Ballroom, to a trip to the Tulsa Zoo or a leisurely drive along Route 66 — there’s no end to what you can experience here.  

Performing Arts Center attracts Broadway musicals, renowned musicians and excellent local theater productions, and is home to the Tulsa Ballet.

Sports spectators can look to the University of Tulsa or Oral Roberts University athletic programs, Tulsa Oiler hockey games, and Tulsa Roughnecks soccer. Or, time a visit to coincide with special events, such as Tulsa Tough bike racing, the Tulsa Run, the Route 66 Marathon and the NCAA basketball finals. The Tulsa area offers more than 80 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails for a great way to see Tulsa. Tulsa is also a city on the move. In the next few years, we will open the greatest city park in America at Tulsa’s River Parks, become the home to an Olympic sport, and build a lake in the center of the city to create new recreational opportunities for our entire region. I’m pleased so many of you have made your home in Tulsa. If you’re visiting our city, please enjoy your stay here. I also want to invite you to come back often to experience opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. In the meantime, you can find out more about Tulsa by visiting www.‌CityOfTulsa.org.

For a night on the town, Tulsa serves up family entertainment at the Guthrie Green and Tulsa Drillers baseball at ONEOK Field. The Tulsa

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ON THE COVER

Travel back in time when kings ruled the land and knights upheld the code of chivalry. Where Gypsies begged to tell your fortune and minstrels played a merry tune. Where merchants peddled their wares and certain forests were said to be enchanted with fairies and mermaids. Where, you ask, can you find such a land? Why, at the Castleton Village in Muskogee every weekend through June 4.

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CONVERSATION STARTER: KRISTIN CHENOWETH

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HARD TO BE THE BARD

The petite performer with the powerhouse pipes, Kristin Chenoweth, returns home to share a love letter.

Laced throughout with humor for Shakespeare aficionados and musical theater geeks, Something Rotten! reeks with originality and doubleentendres while exploring the origins of “a musical.”

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BAYOU BRAVADO

Models provided by MTM Agency

In addition to “laissez les bon temps rouler” during the Crawfish Festival, Ed Richard continues to prove the big easy does it, serving delights ranging from crawfish tamales, gumbo and po’boys to jambalaya, boudin and etouffee.

DEPARTMENTS

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Model: Skye McCorkell Photographer: Marc Rains Wardrobe provided by SpotLite Costumes and Castle of Muskogee

$91.80 in 48 Challenge | 8 Music/Concerts | 10 Happenings | 12 Street Talk | 14 Conversation Starter | 18 Green Country Scene | 42

COMIC RELIEF

Are your spider senses tingling? Thanks in part to movies, shows and the undying love of collectors and readers alike, graphic literature has broken out of hobby shops and into the mainstream.

Downtown Locator | 47 Health + Fitness | 54 Style + Shopping | 56 Sports Schedule | 63 Eats + Treats | 64 Sound Check | 66 Cocktail Confidential | 68 Masters of Flavor | 88 Get To Know | 90 Showtime | 92

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GET YOUR SMART ON

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LET’S MAKE A DATE

Green Country offers many opportunities where you can hear a lecture, take a class, or otherwise study and exercise your mind.

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LORD OF THE FRIES

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HOLY SMOKE

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PIE PROFUSION

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SERVING UP SATISFACTION

Preserving and promoting the Sooner State sound, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame honors legendary experiences, venues and performers.

Whether on the patio or gathered around the bar, at The Hunt Club you’re likely to find little drama, great live music and a mix of hipsters, preps, bikers, businessmen, and even a punk-rocker on any given night.

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BRUSH WITH GREATNESS

Affordable and effective, Catoosa’s Plaster Paint Company offers nearly 40 colors to help make DIY projects simple, straightforward and vibrantly beautiful.

The same-old-same can only take date nights so far before the redundancy starts putting the brakes on passion. Whether you’ve known someone a lifetime or a hot minute, coming up with fresh ways to get (or keep) the fire burning will certainly be appreciated.

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MILKING THE MOMENT

LOMAH dairy products are exploding in popularity not only based on their taste but also because of Stanley and Donna Johnson’s 100 percent ethical, sustainable, and transparent production practices.

FANTASY LAND

While all that glitters may not be gold, a visit to Castleton Village during the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival is guaranteed to bring to life all the culture, food, and tomfoolery of 16th century England.

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LET’S GET ROCKED

With headliners Def Leppard, Soundgarden and The Offspring, Rocklahoma again promises heavy doses of nostalgia-drenched rock, party atmosphere, and the perfect soundtrack for friendship rekindling.

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Sports Central | 58

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JUKEBOX HEROES

IT TAKES TWO

Turn workout time into playtime and employ some of these partner exercises that will keep your determination on point.

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MAKING A SPLASH

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HORSE PLAY

Be anything but ordinary this summer. Liven up your pool excursions and lake trips as if you’re on a beach that was made of anything but red dirt.

You don’t have to know a mare from a mule or even how to decipher the data in the racing form to give yourself a decent chance at making some green at the racetrack.

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RAW TALENT

Mixing rice, vegetables, fish, and other proteins can be tricky, but don’t let a little intimidation keep you from creating homemade sushi rolls.

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THE BEAT GOES ON

POUR THE WIN

What’s the best beer-delivery method: cans, bottles or draft? Let’s explore the merits of each.

In all their crunchy, salty, starchy greatness, our 20 favorite french fry offerings are served in a variety of presentations from curly, thin, thick and sweet to primed for dipping or dressed up with rosemary, sage and truffle oil.

Not much is tastier than smoked meats. And taking its ‘cue from a secret rub and brazenly seasoned meats, Albert G’s is rolling out plenty of soul-satisfying options. Let’s dig in, shall we?

Complete with a charming blue-collar vibe, Pizza Express dishes out traditional pizza that keeps you reaching for another slice long past the point of hunger.

If you’ve had a great meal in Tulsa over the last 15 or so years, chances are that Justin Thompson had a hand in it somehow.


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918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE STOP #2

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STOP #1

For our first stop, we went to Chimi’s Mexican Food for dinner and margaritas. We sat at the bar and were served chips and salsa. Chimi’s has several different salsa options ranging from mild to hot, but we decided to just stick with the mild salsa. We both ordered Chimi’s classic margarita on the rocks, with salt. We decided to split an order of fajita chicken nachos, which came with onions and bell peppers along with sour cream and guacamole. When the nachos came out, we were glad we decided to share — one plate is enough for several people. Our server and bartender, Mario, was fantastic. We could easily become regulars to this welcoming restaurant.

To continue the fun, we decided to make our way downtown to Inner Circle Vodka Bar. While Inner Circle is known for their infused vodkas, they also have other house drinks. We both ordered off their $7 infusion list. Jasmin got the Garden Press (cucumber, basil and lemon infused vodka; lemonade; and soda). I ordered The Raven, which has rum infused with blueberry, blackberry, and coconut mixed with cranberry and pom juice. If you’re the type who doesn’t like your alcohol to taste like alcohol, I would recommend Inner Circle. If you’re looking for extra fun, they also have several largerthan-life games such as beer pong or Connect Four.

SO PROVIDING AN ENVELOPE OF CASH AND TELLING PEOPLE TO SPEND IT IN 48 HOURS ISN’T EXACTLY A CHALLENGE, BUT IT MAKES THIS ASSIGNMENT SOUND A LOT MORE INTERESTING. The mission posed to Kyla Gallagher and Jasmin Hiner was to spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities … bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the April issue of Preview.

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After Inner Circle, we walked across the street to The Yeti. If I could describe The Yeti in two words, it would be: beards and dreads. This bar is a watering hole for hip young artists. I ordered The Fantastico at the recommendation of my bartender, and it was very tropical and delicious. Jasmin ordered a locally brewed IPA. As we sat at the bar, we could hear a live band from the next room. The Yeti has two rooms, one with a bar and one with a stage where local bands play multiple times a week.

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For lunch the next day, we went to Lanna Thai. Lanna Thai is known for their fresh ingredients and tasty cuisine. I ordered a Thai iced coffee which was amazing, and we both got Khao Pad with chicken. Our server asked us how spicy we would like our dishes on a scale of one to five. I went with one, but Jasmin was feeling more adventurous so she tried a two. We both found the flavors to be amazing, and we especially loved the clear soup. We both plan to return and explore more Thai dishes.

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H HAPPENINGS MAY

5 BAND OF LOVERS 5 DOKKEN 5 CASEY DONAHEW 5 SILVERSUN PICKUPS

MUSIC/CONCERTS

1 MACHINE GUN KELLY 3 ROBIN TROWER 3 CELTIC WOMAN

Soul City (Tulsa) IDL Ballroom (Tulsa) Buffalo Run Casino (Miami) Brady Theater (Tulsa)

11 RAY WYLIE HUBBARD 11 BOSTON 11 TIM MCGRAW 11 FAITH HILL 13 JACOB FLINT BAND 13 WAKA FLOCKA FLAME 13 MisFEST Soul City (Tulsa) Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) River West Festival Park (Tulsa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Brady Theater (Tulsa) Mabee Center (Tulsa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa) BOK Center (Tulsa) BOK Center (Tulsa)

4 CITIZEN COPE 4 TEARS FOR FEARS 4 ALICE COOPER 2 TREY ANASTASIO BAND 4 HALL & OATES 4 BARENAKED LADIES 4 LIL UZI VERT 6 RANDY BUMLEY AND THE DISTRACTIONS 6 AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

9 CHANCE THE RAPPER 10 TY SEGALL

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

12 RASCAL FLATTS 12 WILLIAM CLARK GREEN 12 DARRELL CHRISTOPHER AND THE INGREDIENTS

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa) Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Soul City (Tulsa)

BOK Center (Tulsa) Brady Theater (Tulsa)

Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

21 HOP JAM 24 NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Brady District (Tulsa)

BOK Center (Tulsa)

26 BROTHERS OSBORNE 26-28 ROCKLAHOMA

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Soul City (Tulsa) Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center

BOK Center (Tulsa)

16 THE CHAINSMOKERS 16 BRIAN WILSON 18 GREENSKY BLUEGRASS 18 HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS

River Spirit Casino Resort (Tulsa) BOK Center (Tulsa) Brady Theater (Tulsa) BOK Center (Tulsa) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa) Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa)

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THE OUTSIDERS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa) ART IN THE GARDEN Lendonwood Gardens (Grove) RESTORING HARMONY POWWOW Westside YMCA (Tulsa)

13-14 BAD SHOT

GUN SHOW Muskogee Civic Center

1-8 TRAIL OF TEARS ART SHOW

11-14 ROOSTER DAYS FESTIVAL

Cherokee Heritage Center (Tahlequah)

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Expo Square (Tulsa)

JENKS AMERICA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL 2017

Various Locations (Tulsa)

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MAY DAY CELEBRATION George M. Murrell Home (Park Hill)

1-6 TULSA CRAFT BEER WEEK

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MOTHER’S DAY

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THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE! Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

SMOKE & GUNS BOK Center (Tulsa)

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5-7 OKLAHOMA STEAM

THRESHING AND GAS ENGINE SHOW Steam Engine Park (Pawnee)

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TULSA OPERA: TOSCA Tulsa Performing Arts Center

12-14, 18-21 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Tulsa Performing Arts Center

12-14, 18-20 IN THE NEXT ROOM

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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DODGEBRAWL BOK Center (Tulsa) TSO CLASSICS: THE FIREBIRD Tulsa Performing Arts Center MisFEST River West Festival Park (Tulsa) OLDIES ‘N GOODIES CAR SHOW AND FESTIVAL Downtown Bartlesville STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Downtown Stilwell

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CRAWFEST Hebert’s Specialty Meats (Tulsa) MAYFEST COMEDY JAM Cox Business Center (Tulsa)

DAYS Har-Ber Village Museum (Grove)

19-21 BLUE DOME ARTS

CHEROKEE HERITAGE GOSPEL SING Cherokee Heritage Center (Tahlequah) NUYAKA CREEK WINERY SPRING WINE FESTIVAL Downtown Slick WOOLAROC SPRING TRAIL RIDE Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve (Bartlesville) MEMORIAL DAY

20-21 CIVIL WAR

FESTIVAL 2nd and Elgin (Tulsa)

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOY FAST DRAW SHOOTOUT CHAMPIONSHIP Creek County Fairgrounds (Kellyville)

23-28 SOMETHING ROTTEN!

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

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Tulsa Performing Arts Center

18-20 SUPERRIGS TRUCK BEAUTY CONTEST Expo Square (Tulsa)

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THE CLAIRVOYANTS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Tulsa/Catoosa)

27-28 R.K. GUN &

KNIFE SHOW Expo Square (Tulsa)

TULSA ARTCAR WEEKEND Living Arts (Tulsa)

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Downtown Tulsa

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ST STREET TALK I am most struck by complaints that pass off as innocent chatter — the ones that creep into our days almost unnoticed. For example, when someone asks, “How are you?” And they reply, “I’m so busy.” That's a complaint, not a badge of honor. If I frame my day in a positive manner— How are you? Great. I’m working on my latest book and it’s teaching me so much about botany — it helps me feel positive, which helps me achieve positive things, which makes me complain less. It also makes for better small talk.

I think everyone is just so quick to be outraged over any little thing, so sometimes yes. At the same time, I think we're just now at a point where people feel comfortable saying something bothers them; something that 20 years ago, they might have ignored.

SASHA

DONNA The advancement of technology has increased instant gratification immensely. Because of this, people are complaining about small things way more.

It’s more annoying to hear the things they complain about. Things that really don't matter and they won't remember a week later. I just want to tell them (and myself, on occasion) to get some perspective.

GARRET

LOIS You want me to complain about people complaining? I'm not falling for that. LOL!

DANA

The only reason people complain is that they're missing something in their lives. The search for completeness leads inevitably to something to complain about. It's called life.

RON I believe so. People in our country take far too much for granted.

People complain too much, instead of being constructive.

KRISTIN

DANA

People complain too much about Oklahoma weather when they know it’s going to change anyway.

JAMES

Yes they do. Change your thoughts, change your life. We end up perceiving what we think about. It creates a lens that affects our view. When our thoughts are focused on complaining, we fail to perceive the brighter side of a situation, and there always is one. We only have to look for it.

MICHELLE

Yes, I think people complain too much. There are many people who are ungrateful for what they have.

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Sometimes people complain to their friends and family without realizing how much they do it. It's draining to be around someone who is always complaining about their life and the problems they encounter.

KELSEY I think it depends on the person. Some people complain too much, but I find those are the people who want others around them to take care of them, instead of taking care of and doing for themselves.

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I think most are so selfcentered that if they speak about another, it is not in a kind light. I hear more about what's wrong from women about women than praiseworthy admiration.

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THE PETITE PERFORMER WITH THE POWERHOUSE PIPES, KRISTIN CHENOWETH, RETURNS HOME TO SHARE A LOVE LETTER.

BY DONNA LEAHEY

PHOTOS BY GIAN ANDREA DI STEFANO

Kristin Chenoweth — singer, dancer, actor, writer, star of stage, silver screen, and small screen, Emmy and Tony award-winning Oklahoma native — is coming home to Broken Arrow and bringing her love of Broadway with her.

Her Green Country roots have stayed with her throughout her impressive career. Chenoweth originated the role of Glinda in Wicked, won a Tony for her role in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and racked up

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Emmy and People’s Choice award nominations for her recurring role on Glee. Her 2009 autobiography, A Little Bit Wicked, debuted on The New York Times best-seller list with a funny and inspiring take on her life so far.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH

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Y  OUR EVENT AT THE BROKEN ARROW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER IS CALLED MY LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY. WHAT CAN YOUR FANS EXPECT FROM THE SHOW?  y Love Letter to Broadway has a M surprise opening with new songs from my new album The Art of Elegance and other songs that I will always sing. It’s a very different show from before, and I’m honored to present it in my hometown for the first time since it was done on Broadway.

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 HAT IS IT YOU LOVE W ABOUT BROADWAY?  roadway is a community that’s B different from any other. We’re hard on each other but would die for each other. And that’s just the people. Then there’s the music, which speaks for itself.

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I play the goddess of Easter. This show is based on a book by Neil Gaiman. It’s a fictional account of the different kinds of “gods” of today and yesterday. For example, there’s a character of the goddess of Media [played by Gillian Anderson], which is a new god. The goddess Ostara, or Easter, is of the old gods. It’s all the worlds melded together.

O  N TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE, YOU’RE WORKING ON A SHOW FOR CBS [PERFECT CITIZEN]. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT? I t’s written by the great Craig Turk (The Good Wife). Ed Snowden’s controversy is what inspired him to write this. I play a high-powered partner in a law firm. She has mixed feelings about Deck Pearson, played by Noah Wyle, coming into her world… it’s a little confusing for her. I love that I get to play a smart woman.

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 OU PLAY SUCH Y A WIDE VARIETY OF CHARACTERS. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF ROLE? GOOD GIRL, BAD GIRL, LEAD, CHARACTER ROLE? I like it when it’s all of the above at the same time. It’s very rare, but I got to do it in The Apple Tree and On the Twentieth Century on Broadway.

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IF YOU HAD TO PICK, WOULD YOU PREFER STAGE, TELEVISION, OR FILM? I could never pick, because it’s all so different, but so rewarding and challenging. Of course, I’m a creature of the theatre, so I guess if I had to pick, it would be the theatre.

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H  OW DID YOU DEVELOP SUCH A STRONG VOICE?

There’s only one way it could be, and that’s the good Lord above. He didn’t give me any talent for math or directions. I can’t remember history very good. I’m so glad I got the gift of music.

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Laced throughout with humor for Shakespeare aficionados and musical theater geeks, Something Rotten! reeks with originality and double-entendres while exploring the origins of “a musical.” By Hannah Gray Gordon Photos by Jeremy Daniel

If an exciting, adventurous and fun musical is on your bucket list of things to see, look no further than Something Rotten!, which comes to Tulsa for eight performances from May 23-28 at the Chapman Music Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Presented by Celebrity Attractions, this groundbreaking musical set in 1595 takes the story of Shakespeare and his writing endeavors and twists it into the new, never-told story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (the last name comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream), two brothers attempting

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to write a smash hit while overshadowed by the shining success of Shakespeare, who is seen as the “rock star god” of plays. Produced by Tony Award-winner Kevin McCollum (In the Heights, Avenue Q, and Rent) and directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon), Something Rotten! attained success from the start. The musical opened on Broadway in April 2015 and was geared both toward musical and Shakespeare lovers and those who aren’t familiar with either but want a good, fun night out.


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The show originated from an idea that brothers Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick had. Karey, who started his career as a successful screenwriter for Disney Animation, and Wayne, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, imagined a writing team trying to come up with a hit play under the shadow of Shakespeare. “It was a series of conversations that happened over many years,” says Karey. “We were big history buffs. We started with ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if Shakespeare’s London were a lot like what Broadway was like in the ‘30s?’ And went from there. It’s about show business and putting on a show. Just doing that in Tudor times gives it an extra spin.”

successful play Shakespeare will write will be about an omelette.

The Shakespeare of this world is the glorious “villain,” a young thespian fired by the main characters, Nigel and Nick Bottom, as a result of his poor acting ability. When he goes on to write Romeo and Juliet and becomes an overnight success, the Bottom brothers find themselves obsessed with one-upping him and coming up with something bigger and better. Enter the soothsayer Thomas Nostradamus, who predicts that the next big thing will be something called A Musical” — a play, but with singing and dancing and music. He goes on to say that the next

While the show is packed full of references to the stage that only the theater savvy would catch, Steve Bebout, associate director of Something Rotten! says the show is enjoyable for everyone regardless of musical theater experience. “Most people know a little bit more about both of those things than they think they do,” says Bebout. “It’s part of our collective consciousness in culture. Everyone’s come into contact with Hamlet at some point in their lives.”

Armed with the words of the soothsayer, the Bottom brothers begin to explore how to make their own musical, with songs packed full of energy and wit and cleverly titled A Musical. Throughout the story the brothers seek to gain footing in a show business resting comfortably under Shakespeare’s shadow. They are joined in their efforts by Nick’s wife, Bea, a feminist who refuses to conform to Elizabethan London attire, and Nigel’s new love interest, Portia, a Puritan whose family strongly disapproves of their relationship.

One of the main points of the show is that there is no fancy 1500s London

vernacular to navigate. Instead, the characters speak in their own, normal accents as if they were in current day America. “It does so much to invite the audience in,” says Bebout. “We give you Shakespeare in a way that feels familiar.” The collective 19 musical numbers are full of energy and wit, with songs like “God, I Hate Shakespeare” and “It’s Eggs!” Additionally, the musical makes numerous references to a host of other musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, and Cats. The song “A Musical” spends six minutes encompassing the entire platform of musicals sure to keep you laughing. Wayne Kirkpatrick wrote the songs and lyrics to the show with a broad audience in mind, sticking to the mainstream musicals to ensure the audience would grab the references in the songs and further their enjoyment of the story. “Wayne records pop and country [and could] give an edge and style to the show that makes it unique and hip,” says Bebout. The hilarity of the music shines on the faces of the cast members as they perform, radiating into the audience with an energy sure to keep everyone moving in time to the beat. 

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In addition to “laissez les bon temps rouler” during the Crawfish Festival, Ed Richard continues to prove the big easy does it, serving delights ranging from crawfish tamales, gumbo, and po’boys to jambalaya, boudin and etouffee. BY GINA CONROY

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everything is very flavorful and seasoned to perfection.” A jump house, face painting, crawfishing, and crawfish races will entertain the children while adults have fun with the crawfish eating contest at 2 p.m. The winner takes home $100, but participants should know that the three-time undefeated champion plans to defend his title this year. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit Rockin’ G Equine Sanctuary that rescues, nurtures, rehabilitates and re-homes horses. It’s crawfish season, and that means it’s time for the 16th annual Crawfish Festival hosted by Cajun Ed’s. This one day event (May 20) takes place every year in the parking lot of Hebert’s Specialty Meats, aka the big red house. Admission is free to enjoy the sights, smells, and authentic Cajun sounds of The Jambalaya Jazz Band. However, if you want to taste the food and drink, you will have to buy tickets. And if you love real authentic Cajun food, then you better make sure you have plenty of tickets. “There’s something for everyone,” says Ed Richard, owner of Cajun Ed’s restaurant and Herbert’s Specialty Meats. New to Cajun food or concerned about the heat? Richard says not to worry. “Most people who aren’t familiar with Cajun food are afraid it will be too spicy, but Cajun food is not really hot,” he says. “It’s just a good combination of cooking methods and spices. A few items need to be spicier than others, but

Those who can’t attend the event but have a hunger for authentic Cajun food can visit the restaurant and market Monday through Saturday for the best of the Bayou right here in Tulsa. Raised in southern Louisiana, Richard’s roots run deep in Cajun cuisine and restauranteering is in his blood. “My grandfather had restaurants in Lafayette, and my mother taught cooking,” he says. “My brother and son are both educated chefs.” Though Richard earned a business degree and settled in Tulsa, after eight years he missed the food back home and decided to dive into the food business. He started with Herbert’s Specialty Meats, shipping product across the United States, and opened Cajun Ed’s restaurant to offer authentic Cajun recipes to the people of Tulsa. “We created our own label under Cajun Ed’s name for our family recipes and the ones I’ve created

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over the years,” Richard explains. “Shrimp Kim is named after my daughter who helped make the dish, and Gumbo PhiPhi is named after my mother.” Not only can you sample these original family recipes in the restaurant, but you can take them home as well. “We make everything from scratch, even our beignets, which you can get in the restaurant or take home from the store,” Richard says. In addition to the made-fromscratch family recipes, they carry freshly seasoned specialty meats and products like Camellia beans, Blue Plate mayo from New Orleans, sauces and seasonings, Blue Runner beans, Zapp’s potato chips, Jack Miller’s BBQ Sauce, Tabasco, Louisiana Brand hot sauce and Zatarain’s. The atmosphere at Cajun Ed’s is relaxing and casual with Louisiana décor and Cajun music playing throughout the restaurant. “People who have spent a lot of time in Louisiana love eating here because it makes them feel at home,” he says. And they can take a little

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bit of Louisiana home with them with retail items and authentic Louisiana décor for sale in the store. In addition to the restaurant and store, Cajun Ed’s caters crawfish boils, fish fries, or anything else you may need for your special party or gathering. “We have everything from seafood and meat to salads, side dishes, and desserts. And we make everything from scratch, even our mayonnaise and cocktails sauces,” Richard says. Equipment is available for rent or sale for your seafood boil, or if you don’t want to mess with it, Cajun Ed will come out and cook in your backyard.  

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Are your spider senses tingling? Thanks in part to movies, shows and the undying love of collectors and readers alike, graphic literature has broken out of hobby shops and into the mainstream. By Rob Harmon Photos by Valerie Grant

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Steve Roop

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the comic book making a comeback, with the rise of the graphic novel, comic conventions, and movies such as The Avengers, Snowpiercer, Deadpool, and the cult and culture of The Walking Dead. However, Tulsans would say that the comic book hasn’t made a comeback, because it never left. Advertising professional Steve Roop grew up loving comics, but during college he stopped collecting them. However, one semester, Roop and a friend both secretly found out they had the mutual love for comics growing up, and Roop was back collecting them. “We’re always told,” Roop says, “that when you become an adult, you leave behind children’s things, but, why? When I started collecting again, I had to ask myself, ‘Why did I ever stop this?’ I love this. This is great; it makes me feels good.” Roop says the collector community in Tulsa reminds him of the television show, Cheers, where it’s not about the bar, but the people in the bar. You can forget about socioeconomic, cultural or gender differences and enjoy the common affinity everyone has for comic books. “I get a lot of joy out it,” he says. “I can’t just go into Mammoth Comics and run in and run out. My wife says

if you’re going into Mammoth, I’ll see you tomorrow.” Roop loves comics so much that he created Zap-Kapow, a comic book price guide and collection management web application. Another comic book collector, Ryan Chastine, thinks Tulsa is like much of the rest of the world, where comics have exploded into pop culture in the last decade. He recalls that only a few years ago there were only three places to purchase a comic book. “Now, there’s at least eight,” says Chastine. “People love comics because it’s an escape. Nerd culture around the world has really blown up. We have Marvel, in particular, the first Iron Man movie, to thank for that. I mean, Robert Downey Jr. made it OK, even cool, to read comics.” Chastine says he’s deep in it now, setting up tables at collector conventions with his wife, Kendal, selling comics he’s collected through the years. He buys and sells comics on eBay and Facebook, as well as the Vintage Toy Mall in Broken Arrow. Chastine, Roop and others in Green Country say stores like Mammoth Comics and the oldest comic book store in Oklahoma, The Comic Empire, are big reasons Tulsa has kept its passion for comics.

“We’re one of the veterans,” says Mike McCormick, owner of The Comic Empire. “We’ve been around 41 years, although the digital world has changed comics a lot. In fact, people have been predicting the end of the comic book since the ‘50s, but Tulsa is always a good area for comics. “It’s good escapist literature. There’s Shakespeare and then there’s Stan,” says McCormick, referring to Stan Lee, creator of the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, Spider-Man and other beloved characters. The newest comic book store in Tulsa, Nova Comics, is the only one of its kind inside the IDL (Inner Dispersal Loop, the highway system that frames downtown Tulsa). Nova’s owner, Lance Miller, believes Tulsa needed another comic book store. He sees comic book stories as modern day mythology. Miller also sees today’s digital age, which is highly visual, as appropriately conducive to the world of comics. “I did a paper in college about the Athena Parthenos [a nearly 40-foot tall sculpture of the Green goddess Athena],” says Miller. “She had a shield with a story written on it through art, so that visitors to the temple who couldn’t read could follow the story. I learned how to read from reading comics, while on a road trip. Literacy was one of my goals for opening. It’s a good medium to get kids excited about reading. That’s what it did for me.”

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People love comics for the connections they make to the main characters, says Miller. “The artists and writers are like rock stars,” he says. “People follow them from book to book and make connections with characters that have some identifiable trait or flaw they relate to. It’s nice to relate your inner workings to something else. You don’t feel so alone or weird.” And the world of comics is no longer an all-boys club. It’s becoming a more inclusive and welcoming community. “There are great female writers and artists. Regardless of gender, regardless of previous knowledge, you should be able to walk into a store and find something that matches your interests,” Miller says. “Lumberjanes, Rat Queens, Paper Girls, for example, have great female protagonists. Faith is another one. Not only is the protagonist female, she also has a different body type than you typically see in comics. That’s

important as well. We can’t all be chiseled Greek gods.” Adrean Messmer, local horror writer and comic book fan, agrees. She cites as favorites the X-Men’s Emma Frost and SpiderGwen, both from Marvel and both strong females you don’t want to mess with. “We’re seeing a lot more female characters being assertive and heroic,” says Messmer, “and not being pushed to the back, where they’ve always served as plot points or pretty arm candy. Females are allowed more often to lead the story. We could still do that more, but we’re getting there.” For whatever reason, Tulsans are in love with comic books. Perhaps it’s because Green Country embraces its inner child. Hopefully, it’s also because Tulsa is continuing to learn how to embrace diversity and empowerment for all people, in literacy and other ways, as comic books seem to do more often. Maybe it’s just that Tulsa knows a good comic book when they see it.  

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Dappled sunlight, red barns, sweet country air — this is LOMAH Dairy in Wyandotte, Okla. Quaint as a postcard, LOMAH (short for Land of Milk and Honey) is home to 150 of the happiest Jersey cows around. They roam and graze as they please over 200 acres of perennial (not crop) grasses and drink from a spring of fresh-flowing groundwater.

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As a result, the milk — and butter, yogurt, and cheeses — that LOMAH’s Jerseys produce is for the most part unparalleled in taste and quality. Many local coffee shops, markets, and restaurants in Tulsa have recognized the exceptionality of LOMAH’s dairy products and use them daily. LOMAH dairy products are exploding in popularity not only based on their superiority in taste but also because of LOMAH’s 100 percent ethical, sustainable, and transparent production practices. Owners Stanley Johnson and his wife, Donna Johnson, wouldn’t have it any other way. “We are one herd, one farm, and are operated by one family, which means we control every step of the process and know exactly what is in our milk,” says Stanley Johnson. Both Stanley and Donna Johnson have an extensive background in agricultural education and hands-on experience. Not only do they each have a doctorate in veterinary medicine, but Stanley also spent 23 years as a supervisor for the United States Department of Agriculture, and Donna teaches microbiology, anatomy and physiology, food safety, and epidemiology at Missouri Southern State University. With so much intimate and in-depth knowledge of the agricultural industry, the Johnsons — along with the help of their three children, John, Will, and Grace, and a small working staff —operate LOMAH with an unflagging moral commitment to integrity in everything they do. “We are purists,” says Stanley Johnson. “Everything we do is ecofriendly and very green-focused. There are absolutely no growth hormones, soy or by-products in our milk, and no herbicides or synthetic chemicals of any kind on the grazing fields. And we don’t use any gas or propane to power anything. Instead, we use a large wood-fired broiler. It heats water, which is pumped to the heat exchanger and heats the pasteurizer-cheese vat.” At LOMAH, the water on the dairy farm comes from an Artesian spring — an underground aquifer that pumps out over one million gallons per day. And because the water is pumped straight from the ground, it is completely free from contact with the air and other pollutants. The only filtration it receives is from a UV light, and it is so fresh and pure that many people drive straight to the dairy to purchase it in bulk.

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Because of their high-quality water and the rigorous steps taken toward sanitation during the milking process, LOMAH’s raw milk has been tested and is just as pure as their pasteurized milk. The udders of each cow are cleaned before every milking, and the milking machines sanitized after every use. LOMAH’s milk processing also differs from many commercial dairies because it is VAT pasteurized — a form of small batch, low temperature pasteurization that produces non-homogenized milk. Not only is the flavor better preserved, but non-homogenized milk is also thought to be gentler on those with dairy allergies because the protein structure of the milk is far less altered. With all that good, farm fresh milk, LOMAH makes many different farmstead cheeses and other dairy products that are rich, creamy, and absolutely to-die for. “Using a variety of cultures and non-animal rennet, we make 15-20 different kinds of cheeses including our cheddar, which is a 12hour process,” says Stanley Johnson. “From the cheddar, we then manually mill our cheese curds. We also do Gouda cheese, aged Gouda, Jalapeno cheddar, Havarti, feta, dill Havarti, provolone, Brie, and a Samuel Smith organic ale-soaked cheddar, just to name a few. I also do a Neufchâtel, which is a soft spreadable cream cheese, and we make a taleggio cheese for the Stone Horse restaurant in Utica Square, which is a traditional Northern Italian cheese.” And have you ever heard of Yoski? Probably not, because it’s Johnson’s own creation. Yoski is a thick and delicious full-fat version of skyr (pronounced skeer), which is a traditional Icelandic yogurt made with skim milk. Next time you’re on Brookside, pop in to Shades of

Brown coffee shop so you can try Yoski for yourself; it’s a very popular menu item there. There are a lot of other local places around town where you can try LOMAH’s delicious dairy products: McNellie’s fries up the cheddar cheese curds as a melt-in-your-mouth appetizer; Antoinette Baking Co. in the Brady District makes a scrumptious cheese-filled brioche; Foolish Things Coffee Company serves a cheddar quiche; and many other coffee shops including Topeca Coffee, Chimera, Coffee House on Cherry Street, Fair Fellow — even Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska — refuse to use anything but LOMAH milk for lattes and other steamed coffee beverages. LOMAH products can also be found at The Tavern, Siegi’s, Bodean Restaurant and Seafood Market, Tavolo, and Reasor’s grocery stores, among others. Or you can also visit the Cherry Street farmers market every Saturday morning from April to October, where LOMAH always sets up a stall to sell their delicious dairy treats. The Johnson family will be there ready to shake your hand, and they are the kindest, most genuine people you’ll ever meet. Stanley Johnson puts in an average of 16-18 hours a day milking, making cheese, and running deliveries all over Green Country. It’s strenuous work, but he loves every minute of it. “My favorite part of the job is getting to talk with the different small businesses and the people who come out to the farm to get raw milk,” he says. “Interaction with customers is always the highlight. And people appreciate and respect what we do, which makes it all worthwhile.”

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Green Country offers many opportunities where you can hear a lecture, take a class or otherwise studY and exercise your mind. By Michele Chiappetta

For optimal health, you need to do more than exercise your body. It’s also important to exercise your brain. Research shows that there are many benefits to learning something new on a regular basis. Positive psychology experts say that enjoying new experiences and mastering new skills can add to your happiness and build your self-confidence. Learning also feeds creativity, as you know if you’ve ever gone for a walk in a new part of town and then

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come home with fresh ideas for reorganizing your office, updating your yard, or writing that novel you’ve always dreamed of writing. Mastering a new skill can help you land a new job or a promotion, boosting your income and potentially leading to future career opportunities. Educating yourself in a group setting is a good way to make new friends as an adult, when meeting new people takes more effort than just showing up to school, the way you did when you were younger.

And if you’re looking to date someone, joining them to learn a new skill together reveals how they handle challenges and can bond you more closely. With all that in mind, learning something new is clearly appealing for people of any age. And Green Country offers many opportunities where you can hear a lecture, take a class, or otherwise study and exercise your mind. Here are some of our top suggestions for doing just that.


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Every year, the University of Tulsa offers its Presidential Lecture Series — talks delivered by illustrious speakers on any topic you can imagine. Past guests have included well-respected authors such as Dennis Lehane, Michael Ondaatje and Jonathan Franzen; celebrity journalists Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward and Cokie Roberts; and many others. The lectures are free, open to the public and hosted on the TU campus. And TU hosts many other educational events for the public too, all of which are listed on their online calendar.

Once a month, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center offers a free noontime concert in their Westby Pavilion. Attendees can bring a lunch and eat while listening to great musical performances. The performers often share information such as the history of the pieces they are playing, so the audience can learn about classical and other styles of music over their lunch hour. Brown Bag It happens on the first Wednesday of each month, and the concerts last 40 minutes.

When you want to encourage your children to love and respect nature, Oxley Nature Center is the place to go. Oxley offers frequent classes during the day designed to introduce children to such wonders as how trees are dormant in winter and awake in spring, why spiders spin webs, and searching for signs of spring. Adults and children alike can enjoy bird watching as well as join in counting butterflies on behalf of the North American Butterfly Association.

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If you’re a fan of writing or reading, Booksmart Tulsa either is on your radar already or it should be. It’s a project of the Tulsa Literary Coalition, which aims to reach across social divides and connect people through literature, as well as promote a love of reading and education in the Tulsa community. Speakers range from New York Times best-selling authors like Stephen King to local historians like Michael Wallis, and all the wide range in between.

Tulsa’s architectural history is decidedly rich. Many of Tulsa’s art deco buildings, erected during the early 20th century’s boomtown oil days, make the list of best art deco examples in the world. You can do your own walking tour, of course. But you can also sign up for a tour led by expert docents from the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture on second Saturdays and the Tulsa Historical Society on the last Friday of each month. Both tours require reservations.

Operating under the goal of bringing art to everyone, WaterWorks is an excellent place to learn arts in a hands-on environment. Classes are available for students of any age and any skill level. And the choices of art forms and media are endless — weaving, knitting, ceramics, jewelry making, dyes, tiles, painting, drawing, glass art, you name it. WaterWorks also offers spring break classes for children, and open studio time to students and practicing artists. Costs vary depending on the class.

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For those who love gardening and are wishing to develop their green thumb, the Tulsa Garden Center is an ideal teacher. Throughout the year, the Garden Center offers a variety of educational opportunities for children and adults, including lectures on gardening topics such as avoiding pests and improving bee populations, a gardening-focused book club, story time in the Linnaeus Garden, and more.

The Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa (AHHA) sponsors many art classes for area residents at the Hardesty Arts Center. Many of these classes focus on digital media, making the Hardesty Arts Center a great place to study various types of photography, as well as graphic design programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. There are painting classes too, and even a comic book drawing class for ages 8 and up.

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THE SAME-OLD-SAME CAN ONLY TAKE DATE NIGHTS SO FAR BEFORE THE REDUNDANCY STARTS PUTTING THE BRAKES ON PASSION. WHETHER YOU’VE KNOWN SOMEONE A LIFETIME OR A HOT MINUTE, COMING UP WITH FRESH WAYS TO GET (OR KEEP) THE FIRE BURNING WILL CERTAINLY BE APPRECIATED.

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Whether you’ve been dating for years or planning your first date together, no one likes a generic date night that took little to no creativity. Most likely, you’ve been on this exact date before: the fill-in-the-blank restaurant followed by a sappy movie and goodnight kiss home. You were probably left with more bread in your stomach than butterflies. So isn’t it time to shake things up? It’s time to devise something unique and fun that’ll sweep both of you off your feet. Upgrade your

date night, even if that just means trying a new restaurant and going to a different type of showing, and plan an evening that neither you nor your date will forget. You can’t rely solely on your date for entertainment, especially for those first dates when you don’t know if the two of you are actually going to hit it off. But with a little creativity and a lot of spontaneity, you might find that the love in the air is here to stay.


Gallop into their heart

Take a walk

Do something extra special and take them on the ride of their life. Go horseback riding at Southern Hills, Saddleback or the KJM Farm. From movies and commercials to scenes straight out of a novel, horseback rides almost always conjure up romantic opportunities. If neither of you have much equestrian experience, take a couple of laps around the paddock before trotting out into nature and save yourself an ambulance ride.

There’s no place better to learn about someone than getting lost in the woods … not literally. But take a walk along Riverside or go on a hike together and share your deepest, darkest secrets with one another. It beats sitting inside on a beautiful day and gets your heart beating in more than one way.

Plan a picnic

Go for something sporty, but not on the land. Take your partner for stand up paddling (SUP) lessons and brace the river as you paddle board alongside one another. Either float with SUP Oklahoma or Lotus SUP, two of Tulsa’s finest stand up paddle board schools.

Sure it sounds cheesy, but it’s a low-cost way to spend some quality time talking, laughing and grabbing a bite and drink. Set up your blanket at a park on a Saturday and let everything that’s going on around you spur conversation topics.

Laugh

Water wonders

Get naughty

Nothing brings people together better than laughter. Spend an evening at the Comedy Parlor or Loony Bin and share the gift of laughter. Even if the comedians aren’t as funny as you hoped, it will be entertaining enough watching the jokes fall flat.

Following the rules is great, but having a partner in crime for a little misbehaving isn’t always that bad. Grab chalk and create sidewalk art masterpieces (but keep it G rated). If you’re feeling really daring, find a secluded pond or pool and jump in without bathing suits.

Volunteer

Do The Time Warp

If you know what you’re passionate about, capitalize on it with some together time helping others. Serve meals at one of the downtown kitchens or go play games with the elderly at a retirement village. If pets are your thing, some animal shelters let people help them with dog walking.

The Circle Cinema shows The Rocky Horror Picture Show from time to time. Embrace the craziness of the audience participation. Or if you’re really daring, go in costume.

Playtime Embrace your inner child and visit a playhouse like Incredible Pizza, Main Event, Andy B’s or Dave & Buster’s for some innocent fun. Go bowling, paintballing or laser questing and team up to take down the world together. Or, stay in and have a game night playing video or board games.

Into the woods With all the state parks within a couple of hours, rent or borrow some equipment and check out nature with an overnight camping trip. Unplug from technology for the night, connect, start a fire and do some stargazing.

Read Dust off those things we used to read before tablets and smartphones. Take turns reading a few chapters to each other. Get a great book of poetry. If you don’t want to do the reading, some coffee shops and bookstores host readings and author lectures.

Organize a scavenger hunt There are many different ways to have a scavenger hunt date and as long as you are willing to do some preparation, they can be a lot of fun. Head to Woodland Hills Mall for an unique experience. And if the hunt falls apart, you can simply go shopping. If your relationship has stood the test of time, plan a hunt that will send your partner to places that are significant in your relationship (where you met, the first kiss, the first date). Be waiting at each place with the next clue.

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WHILE ALL THAT GLITTERS MAY NOT BE GOLD, A VISIT TO CASTLETON VILLAGE DURING THE OKLAHOMA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL IS GUARANTEED TO BRING TO LIFE ALL THE CULTURE, FOOD, AND TOMFOOLERY OF 16TH CENTURY ENGLAND.

Travel back in time when kings ruled the land and knights upheld the code of chivalry. Where Gypsies begged to tell your fortune and minstrels played a merry tune. Where merchants peddled their wares and certain forests were said to be enchanted with fairies and mermaids. Where, you ask, can you find such a land? Why, at the Castleton Village in Muskogee every weekend through June 4. Jeff Hiller, owner of the Castle of Muskogee as well as a former teacher, started the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival 22 years ago because he believed history should be fun. “I wanted to educate and entertain adults and children without them knowing they were learning,” he says. First held over one weekend with eight merchants and three stages, the

Renaissance festival has grown to six weekends with over 100 buildings, 140 merchants and 15 stages. “People come from all over, from California to Maine, Wisconsin to Florida and everywhere in between,” Hiller says. Hiller attributes the success of the festival to the participants: 600 costumed artisans and actors, many who will take to the stage and street to entertain and surprise onlookers with their antics and authenticity. More than 100,000 people visited the festival in 2016, and with the addition of a sixth weekend to this year’s lineup, he estimates that number to only increase. Camille Diaz from Broken Arrow has been attending the festival for the last five years. “It’s a nice break from reality. I always enjoy interacting with the characters and seeing all the lovely costumes and handcrafted

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eager to assist, whether it be to find a morsel of food or drink to satisfy your appetite or guide you to one of the 140 artisans displaying their unique hand crafted wares. Tired of wandering through the village? Take in a show on one of the 15 stages where magicians, dancers, acrobats, musicians and jousters delight with their skills. Diaz loves to see what’s new in Castleton Village. “Every year they build a new area or revamp an old one. I like to discover all that’s changed since last time.” This year, Hiller has added a few new buildings and more shows, including the Dublin Family Harpists and the sword fighting Duelists. With the everdeveloping Birds of Prey Show, guests will be glued to their seats as the show transitions into the Royal Joust. Even the wee ones will get a thrill from chasing fairies in the enchanted forest or playing games in the Children’s Realm. The entire family will enjoy a stroll through the Enchanted Boardwalk, which begins near the joust arena and curves into the Fairy Realm and on to the Gypsy Camp. As the walk winds to an end, guests will find themselves amongst the mermaids and pirates in the harbor area of the village. As the sun begins to set and weary travelers make their way home, the Castleton villagers line up for the Gauntlet to thank the visitors and wish them safe travels.

LOCATOR OKLAHOMA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL CASTLE OF MUSKOGEE 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road | Muskogee 918-687-3625 okcastle.com April 29-June 4 (Saturdays and Sundays): 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

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CASINO River Spirit Casino Resort | 4B-83

EVERYTHING ELSE Blue Cottage | 4A-59 Indigo Spa & Salon | 4C-36 K & N Motorcycles and ATV Center | 2B-34 The Rustic Union | 3A-84 Shears | 4A-41

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WITH HEADLINERS DEF LEPPARD, SOUNDGARDEN AND THE OFFSPRING, ROCKLAHOMA AGAIN PROMISES HEAVY DOSES OF NOSTALGIA-DRENCHED ROCK, PARTY ATMOSPHERE, AND THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR FRIENDSHIP REKINDLING. BY HANNAH GRAY GORDON

One of the most popular music events in the nation is located in the heart of Oklahoma. Rocklahoma dates back to 2007, when it began as an ‘80s hair band festival and catered to a very niche audience. As it grew, so did the demand for more variety. Now, the event boasts an abundance of bands from different styles of the rock genre as well as an attendance of more than 70,000. Joe Litvag, senior vice president for AEG and executive producer for Rocklahoma, personally heads up organizing the festival to guarantee a safe and fun environment for all. With an impressive roster of musicians slated to perform, the process of booking talent for the festivals is an ongoing process. “I’m already looking at 2018,” he says. “Who will have an impact on the audience? What trends are we seeing on social media? Everything is a factor. It’s kind of a science.” Litvag and the festival owners start with the headlining bands and work their way down from there. As it stands, the festival roster for 2017 is complete with headliners Def Leppard, Three Days Grace, Soundgarden, Stone Sour, The Offspring, and Seether.

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Def Leppard is a band Litvag says they have wanted to appear for several years, but the timing never worked with their tour schedule. As bands adjust to the times and schedule their travels progressively further in advance, often the ability to attend festivals like this are just as much chance as effort. This year, Def Leppard managed to line up their tour dates with the festival to ensure their attendance, sealing the deal on yet another band on the Rocklahoma bucket list. “We started talks in early 2016 to be able to adjust the time frame of their tour for a better fit,” Litvag says. The festival runs through Memorial Day Weekend with the unique feature of campgrounds to stay on. Instead of dispersing to hotel rooms and homes at the end of each night, many attendees camp out in tents and RVs to enjoy a bigger sense of community than most festivals offer, an experience almost as exciting as the festival itself. “It’s one giant party from Thursday through Sunday,” Litvag says. “It’s a lot of fun.” With fans traveling from all over the country, it’s often an annual reunion for friends made during previous years. Campgrounds


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In the case of severe weather, employees and fans will be evacuated until it’s safe to return and resume festivities. Part of the safety protocols include colored flags that represent the current situation, from white for “all clear” to red for “take cover immediately.” In addition to the amazing campgrounds, multiple vendors set up throughout the area to provide a variety of food and drink options so that fans have everything they need for the weekend, with no need to leave for the weekend if desired. Tickets are available both in weekend packages and for single days. Every year, Rocklahoma is able to fulfill more of its bucket list of artists, with Soundgarden and The Offspring among the new performers on the roster. Each year, the festival is tinkered with and tweaked to make the experience more enjoyable for the increasing number of fans attending.

FRIDAY | MAY 26 Inclement weather is no stranger to Oklahoma, and May is no exception. With the potential for severe weather at its highest for the year, the outdoor festival takes steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone on its grounds. The National Weather Service has a meteorologist on-site to constantly monitor weather conditions and patterns to ensure action isn’t taken too late. “We take weather very seriously,” Litvag says. “We won’t hesitate to put our emergency protocols in place if the situation calls for it.”

SATURDAY | MAY 27

open May 21 and close May 30 with a campground party being held May 25. Camping passes must be purchased with tickets. General camping passes are available, but the amazing VIP camping pass adds up-close access to the VIP concert entrance

Def Leppard Three Days Grace Skillet Pierce the Veil The Pretty Reckless Slaughter

Soundgarden Stone Sour The Cult Zakk Sabbath Suicidal Tendencies Fuel Dead Metal Society

SUNDAY | MAY 28

FEATURED BANDS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM*

The Offspring Seether Jackyl Ratt Buckcherry Taking Back Sunday Black Stone Cherry

* For a full lineup, check out the Rocklahoma website.

LOCATOR ROCKLAHOMA Catch the Fever Festival Grounds 1421 W. 450 Road | Pryor rocklahoma.com May 26-28

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Oklahoma is known internationally for its renowned music heritage, and one organization is committed to continuing to recognize and enrich that culture. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inducts musicians with strong Oklahoma ties annually, and hosts live music year-round, as well as an annual festival each June, called G Fest. “It’s all to promote, preserve and honor the rich music history of Oklahoma,” says Jim Blair, executive director of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. “With so much talent coming from our state, there’s no shortage of potential inductees.” Oklahoma’s music history is rich indeed. And it’s not limited to our amazing country music lineage. In 1970, when Eric Clapton made his solo debut (Eric Clapton), he recorded with Tulsans Leon Russell on piano and Carl Radle on bass guitar. Radle was in Clapton’s later band, Derek and the Dominos, which brought the world one of the human race’s favorite love songs of all time, “Layla,” from Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Clapton’s first solo album’s top hit, “After Midnight,” and another later Clapton hit, “Cocaine,” were both written by another Oklahoman, J.J. Cale.

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In fact, there’s a genre of music called Tulsa Sound, which originated with Russell and Cale. The bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll flavor, usually accompanied with honky-tonk piano, often appeared on Clapton’s albums, thanks to the two local musical geniuses who are both, naturally, inductees at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Other inductees include Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, Gene Autry, Vince Gill, Wanda Jackson, Color Me Badd, Restless Heart, Ronnie Dunn, Toby Keith, Cain’s Ballroom, Carrie Underwood, Thompson Square and Roy Clark. There’s no official number of inductions per year, but the Hall has welcomed an average of five per year since 1997. This year, they’re upping the ante, with close to 10 inductees including Hanson.


GREEN COUNTRY SCENE GC Inductees don’t necessarily have to have been born in the Sooner State, but must have some connection. Individuals, groups, organizations and establishments can be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and Blair says it’s quite a process. “You’re never going to have a perfect process, so it’s been refined over the 20 years we’ve been doing this,” Blair says. “Anyone can become a member of the Hall of Fame and any member can nominate an inductee. After we gather nominations, we do a ballot with board members, inductees and media representatives.” The only requirement is that inductees perform at their induction ceremony, which can be held anywhere in the state. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is used to coordinating live music events, as it features concerts multiple times monthly at its location in Muskogee, The Frisco Depot, formerly a train depot built in 1906, where the museum and music venue now stand. “It’s not a big museum, but we have a lot of exhibits,” Blair says. “We have original art from inductees over the last 20 years. Right now we’re featuring Jim Halsey and Roy Clark. Our curators are really passionate and knowledgeable about the music history of Oklahoma, so people can interact with them and walk away having a really personal experience.” The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s biggest event is G Fest. You may remember it from last year — its inaugural year — when it brought internationally acclaimed acts to Muskogee, including The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kacey Musgraves and the Turnpike Troubadours. This year, the festival takes place June 15-17. Primitive and RV camping are available and food and beverage vendors are available. The lineup includes Needtobreathe, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Blackberry Smoke, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Mavericks, Kentucky Headhunters and The Swon Brothers. Three-day general admission tickets cost $99, with additional fees for camping and VIP passes.

LOCATOR OKLAHOMA MUSIC HALL OF FAME 401 S. 3rd St. | Muskogee 918-687-0800 omhof.com Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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PUSH (EACH OTHER) UP

IT TAKES TWO

Put a twist on traditional pushups and try some of these variations that can only be done with a partner.

TURN WORKOUT TIME INTO PLAYTIME AND EMPLOY SOME OF THESE PARTNER EXERCISES THAT WILL KEEP YOUR DETERMINATION ON POINT. By Ryann Gordon

Having trouble in that summer-bodysculpting mood you’ve been attempting to master? One of the main problems we have getting motivated to work out is that we’re trying to do it alone. The buddy system has forever been one of our most crucial guides to making big things happen; so why not use this as a workout tool? Partner exercises have become increasingly popular in recent years. Couples, best friends and other duos have become famous for posting Instagram photos of immaculate stunts alongside corny, inspirational quotes.

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Not saying you must do that … but why not give the trend a chance? Challenge your significant other and put your bestie to work. Have fun using one another as resistance for an increased workout. Team up to practice acro-yoga and attempt daring partner stunts or simply utilize one another for intense, interval workouts that can’t be done on your own. Turn workout time into playtime and employ some of these partner exercises that will keep your determination on point.

OLD FRIEND/NEW SPIN Add some fun to traditional favorites like doing plank-to-plank fist bumps or boat pose while whirling your legs around each others.


CRUNCH TOGETHER Use both of your weights and core strength to create workouts that’ll have you grating cheese on your abs in no time.

PLAY TWISTER Work your obliques sitting back to back and twisting to pull and stretch one another, pass a medicine ball back and forth or maybe just give each other a high-five.

BOOTY BUMPA Shake up the squat game and create a balancing act by locking arms and slowly lowering in dual squats either back to back or face to face with a foot raised.

BEND AND BIND Take a swing at some acro-yoga-like stunts such as the wheel and bridge pose, stacked downward dog and airplane.

LIFT EACH OTHER UP Let gravity do its work and use one another as weights while lifting, squatting and lunging.

LEAN ON ME Create natural resistance by holding hands while you press your feet together or provide leverage and lean away from each other in dual squats.

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Don’t be afraid to channel your inner LA lady this summer and embrace dramatic styles like the monokini and lingerie-like one pieces. Many retro styles like high-waisted bottoms and tie-up, textured suits that our grandparents might have worn have returned to take the pool by storm. Pair your simple black bottoms and dainty, bralette-like top with cat eye glasses and be the pin-up queen you always knew you were.

BE ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY THIS SUMMER. LIVEN UP YOUR POOL EXCURSIONS AND LAKE TRIPS AS IF YOU’RE ON A BEACH THAT WAS MADE OF ANYTHING BUT RED DIRT. BY RYANN GORDON It’s that time again — time to strip down to your barest (or almost barest) form and wow all of Oklahoma with your trendiest swimsuit attire. Tassels, mesh, graphic logos, added straps, low-cut tops and high-cut bottoms — it’s almost summer, and it’s time to shine.

Simple colors and styles are hot this year, so avoid overly dramatic Aztec, floral or Hawaiian prints made popular in the past. Stick to suits that are one color, whether it be pastel, neon, metallic, all-white or nude— the most popular shade leading online swimsuit searches this year. When seeking out more than one color, go for symmetrical patterns that color-block with straight, square angles

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of one or two colors on either side of the body. Pay attention to the shape of the suit before the print. Popular styles include highleg, backless one pieces and plunging V-necks that need no pattern to shine. And if you do go for printed pieces, stick to simple vertical stripes, delicate palm leaf and other floral designs, gingham, tiedye or the random patchwork style with shells or pineapples.

Overall, bikini styles have become daintier in fashion, channeling bathing suit embellishments that begin at elegant, waved or leaf-shaped edges and end at simple chain straps that are lightweight and don’t take away from what’s underneath. Although, if you’re wanting to find a suit that’s dramatic enough to draw a few eyes around the pool on its own, the bohemianstyle, printed string bikini has become a popular favorite among celebrities like Bella Hadid, who’s been photographed twirling longhanging bikini tassels on beaches from Cali to the Maldives. You can also amp up the beach glam in a metallic one piece that may blind other boaters. Or go all-out with a chain metal or metal-plated cover-up. Channel that festival fashion we all love in a metal bralette from Grace Bijoux that’ll have you looking like you transported straight from an Instagram ad.


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Tommy Hilfiger’s sporty-style has returned to the swimwear fashion game in new and exciting ways — sports brastyle tops, zip-up one pieces and thick straps reppin’ your favorite brand logo. Go for the thick-lined, Calvin Klein-style bikini; a zip-up, lifeguard-shaped top or a more girly-patterned, highneck top. Mesh additions are one of the greatest ways to sass up a sportier swimsuit. The sports-one piece trend has evolved this year from the simple Baywatch swimsuit to ultra-sporty, zip-up suits

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fit for a lifeguard or a surfer. Neoprene scuba-suit material made a dramatic addition to swimwear fashion in recent years, but it has now been revamped into one pieces whose extra thickness is ideal for smoothing and shaping the body.

It’s really all about the materials this year though, where scuba suit neoprene and mesh continue to slay the game along with revamped vintage styles that have returned in new forms. Bring back those ‘90s, crunched tube top bikinis and check out Tory Burch’s Costa Bandeau for a newer twist on an old trend.

Ruffles and added straps and strings that wrap around the waistline have endured through the past year, and they will continue to rise this year in different forms. Off-theshoulder bikini tops and one pieces have gone to extremes with some suits having a full-on half sleeve that seems functionally pointless, but ever-so feng shui. Tassels, pompoms and other add-ons are going to be prevalent at every poolside this year, so bring the fiesta with you back from Cabo in an ASOS tassel-trim suit. Statement ties and laces

And don’t deny another style that’s back to steal the show — denim suits with floral embroidery — it’s a must-try style that’ll have you showing up your mom’s ‘70s pics in no time. Other hippie styles include crocheted crop tops that are back with a vengeance, with brands like Andy Bagus creating woven suits in designs like you’ve never seen before. You cannot beat crocheted tops and bottoms that lace up the waistline and chest or hang tassels down the legs or beneath the top. And make sure you check out their mermaid shell top — it’s a blue lagoon dream come true.

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO KNOW A MARE FROM A MULE OR EVEN HOW TO DECIPHER THE DATA IN THE RACING FORM TO GIVE YOURSELF A DECENT CHANCE AT MAKING SOME GREEN AT THE RACETRACK. By Richard Linihan It was 1985 when my boss at a Tulsa newspaper asked if I could cover horse racing, a new beat on the Oklahoma sports horizon. Well, let’s see, my mom had recurring dreams of being bitten by a horse, so she never took us around them. “Yeah, I can do that,” I told him. It was five years later that I hit a Pick 6 wager that paid around $17,000 on a $10 bet. Fifteen years later, I was a horse away from winning $1 million, a lesson we are going to pass along to you as part of the top five ways to make money at the racetrack.

THE PICK 6

Correctly choosing six winners in a row on designated races is the hardest wager at the racetrack. You can pick one horse in all six races and it only costs $2, kind of like the lottery. But if you want to really give yourself a chance, find races that you believe one horse is going to win and those are the only races that you

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use one horse. In the other races, you spread out the bet using multiple horses, any of which can keep you alive moving toward going six for six. To figure the cost of your ticket, multiply the number of horses used in each race times each other and then multiply that by your $2 wager. For instance, if you use two horses in every race, it would be 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 and then multiply by $2, which would equal $128. Now for the story about how sad I was to win $3,000 at the racetrack. There was $7 million in the Pick 6 pool in California. I had about $400 to bet on the six races. I studied the Daily Racing Form in hopes of figuring out how best to play the bet. I had figured out the first five races of my ticket when I came to the final race of the sequence. When I looked at the race, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had lived in Houston for about five

years and the Astros were my favorite baseball team. I went to the Astrodome about 20 times a year to watch the games. But what does that have to do with the price of horse racing and my Pick 6 ticket? Believe it or not, there was a horse in the final race named Houston Astro. Do you believe in divine intervention? I promised myself if there were any way the horse could win the race, I would use him in my wager. He had been beaten by 22 lengths in his last race. Not only did that look bad, but he had lost that race to a horse that was in this race. How was he going to make up 22 lengths from his previous try against the favorite? I tried and tried and tried to find a way for Houston Astro, who was a 30-1 long shot, to beat the favorite, but just couldn’t reconcile that happening in my mind. The favorite looked like the easy winner. If I singled the favorite, I could also save $200. If I added Houston Astro, my ticket would cost $400.


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A waste of money, I surmised, and put in my ticket for $200. At the top of the stretch, my favorite was in the lead by about five lengths. I could feel the bank account growing by the second. With about a 0.16 of a mile to go, the announcer blared out, “There’s a long shot coming up on the outside!” The long shot moved up and eased past my favorite by about a half length; I was thinking consolation. Then unbelievably, the long shot pulled up with an injury. I was back on the lead with 70 yards to go and only one horse still chasing. As the two came to the wire, I could see the other horse bob his fat nose past my horse at the wire. “It’s Houston Astro by a nose,” the announcer screamed. Two winning tickets in the Pick 6 paid $1.5 million each. My consolation payout was $3,000 for 5-of-6. I’d never been so sick to win $3,000 in my life. If I’d spent the extra $200 on the ticket, my share would have been $1 million. So the lesson learned is that if you have a horse whose name has any significance in your life, use it. I once bet a horse that had the same name as my girlfriend and she won at 17-1 odds. Sometimes you just have to do it. I won $360 on that $20 bet. She broke up with me, but I got to keep the money. BONUS TIP: Try to keep your ticket to a $72$150 wager if you really want to give it a chance to win. If that’s too much, go in with friends or family to split the cost and the winnings.

SHOW PARLAY

If you bet a horse to show, all it has to do is run third or better for you to win. In a show parlay, you’re basically taking what you won to show on the first horse in your parlay and letting it ride on your next horse to show.

For instance, if you bet $20 to show on your first horse and he pays $3.60 to show, you get back $36. You then bet that $36 to show on the next horse you like. I usually do three or four horses in a show parlay. One day, I started with $20 to show and took home more than $400 in winnings, and all the four horses had to do was run third or better. I usually throw one long shot in the mix to build the winnings. If that long shot runs third or better, you can have a very profitable day. BONUS TIP: Sometimes you may have more than $100 in winnings coming back with one more horse to go. That’s when the decision gets tough on whether you should risk the $100 on the final horse or pocket it. My advice, follow your heart. Of course my heart always says life is a gamble; go for it.

PROGRESSIVE BET

A general rule of thumb at the track is that people like to bet $2 to WPS (win, place and show) on a horse. If the horse wins, you collect the three prices across the toteboard next to your horse’s number. Let’s say the horse pays $10, $5, and $4 across the board. Your $2 WPS returns $19. I prefer to play the progressive bet of $2 to win, $4 to place and $8 to show. On that type of wager, you get the $10 for the win, $10 for the place and $16 for the show for $36, instead of $19. More importantly, in the first scenario, if your horse only runs third, you lose your $4 to win and place and take home $4 on the show. You broke even. With the progressive method, you lose your $2 to win and $4 to place ($6), but win $16 on your show bet, giving you a $10 profit in the race. BONUS TIP: Never bet every race at the track. That’s the easiest way to lose money. Pick out four or five races you really like and sit out the others.

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I had one friend who never bought a program or a Daily Racing Form. She was so familiar with horses and how they looked that she would bet on the ones who had the best body language, regardless of odds. Didn’t matter if the horse was a favorite or a long shot. She would look at the horses in the post parade and pick them out. And she would win big money at times. BONUS TIP: Good signs include a horse’s neck is arched like a chess piece rook; horse is “on its toes” prancing before the race; jockey has reins pulled up tight as the horse wants to run; the horse is trying to bite the pony horse accompanying him; horse has dappled skin (looks like bright circles on the skin like a pile of leaves); your horse’s coat is shining in the sun (that comes from the horse feeling good); there’s daylight between the horse’s tail and rear end; and the horse is rocking. If your horse in the post parade is rocking back and forth up and down, run to the windows as fast as you can and bet with both hands.

FIND A RELIABLE TIP SHEET

The two I look at most often online (and these are free) are Ribbit Racing and Chief Crazybears Picks. You can’t beat advice from experts and these guys have lined my pockets with green plenty of times. When big races come along, like the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, I will usually put my selections up on Facebook. Just a few years ago, I picked 20-1 Animal Kingdom to win the Kentucky Derby and he did. A few years later, I had Orb and My Golden Soul (43-1 odds) to run first and second in the Derby. They did and a $2 exacta wager paid a whopping $981.

BETTING {T E R M I N O L O G Y } WIN: A bet on a horse to win PLACE: A bet on a horse to finish first or second.

SHOW: A bet on a horse to finish first, second or third.

TO SHOOT FOR BIGGER ODDS, YOU MUST WAGER ON MORE EXOTIC BETS. EXACTA: A bet picking the first and second place finishers in a race.

TRIFECTA: A bet picking the first, second and third place finishers in a race.

PICK 5: A bet picking the winners of five consecutive races.

SUPERFECTA: A bet picking the first, second, PICK 6: A bet picking the winners of six third and fourth place finishers in a race.

consecutive races.

DAILY DOUBLE: A bet picking the winners of IF LONG SHOTS FINISH IN THE MONEY two races, usually two consecutive races. ON ANY OF THESE BETS, THE ODDS INCREASE CONSIDERABLY. PICK 3: A bet picking the winners of three

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TULSA DRILLERS Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa) May 1 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 11:05a May 2 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p May 3 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 11a May 4 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p May 5 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p May 6 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p May 7 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 1:05p May 8 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 11:05a May 9 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p May 11 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p May 12 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:15p May 13 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p May 14 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 2:05p May 15 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p May 16 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p May 17 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 11:10a May 18 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 7:10p May 19 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p May 20 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p May 21 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 1:05p May 22 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 11:05a May 23 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p May 24 | @ San Antonio Missions | 11:05a May 25 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p May 26 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p May 27 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p May 28 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 6:05p May 30 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p May 31 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p June 1 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p June 2 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p June 3 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p June 4 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 1:05p June 6 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p June 7 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p June 8 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p June 9 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p June 10 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p

June 11 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 1:05p June 12 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 11:05a June 13 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p June 14 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 15 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 16 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 17 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 18 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 4:10p June 19 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p June 20 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p June 21 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 11:10a June 22 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 23 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 24 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p June 25 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 1:05p June 29 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p June 30 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p July 1 | @ Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p July 2 | @ Midland RockHounds | 4p July 3 | @ Midland RockHounds | 6:30p July 4 | @ Midland RockHounds | 6:30p July 5 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p July 6 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p July 7 | vs Frisco RoughRiders | 7:05p July 8 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p July 9 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p July 10 | vs Midland RockHounds | 7:05p July 12 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p July 13 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p July 14 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p July 15 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p July 16 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p July 17 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p July 18 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p July 19 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p July 20 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p July 21 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p July 22 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 6:05p

July 23 | @ NW Arkansas Naturals | 2:05p July 24 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p July 25 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p July 26 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p July 27 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p July 28 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p July 29 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p July 30 | vs Arkansas Travelers | 7:05p July 31 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p Aug. 1 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p Aug. 2 | vs Springfield Cardinals | 7:05p Aug. 3 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 4 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 5 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 6:10p Aug. 6 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 6:10p Aug. 8 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 9 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 10 | @ Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 11 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 12 | @ San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 13 | @ San Antonio Missions | 6:05p Aug. 15 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 16 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 17 | vs Corpus Christi Hooks | 7:05p Aug. 18 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 19 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 20 | vs San Antonio Missions | 7:05p Aug. 22 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 23 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 24 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 25 | @ Arkansas Travelers | 7:10p Aug. 26 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:10p Aug. 27 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 2:10p Aug. 28 | @ Springfield Cardinals | 6:30p Aug. 29 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p Aug. 30 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p Aug. 31 | vs NW Arkansas Naturals | 7:05p

TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC Home games are played at ONEOK Field (Tulsa) May 5 | @ Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | TBA May 11 | vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | 7p May 13 | vs Orange County SC | 7p May 20 | @ Sacramento Republic FC | TBA May 24 | @ Reno 1868 FC | TBA May 27 | vs Portland Timbers II | 7:30p June 11 | @ Swope Park Rangers | TBA June 17 | @ San Antonio FC | TBA June 27 | vs Swope Park Rangers | 7:30p

July 1 | vs Real Monarchs SLC | 7:30p July 8 | @ OKC Energy FC | TBA July 13 | @ LA Galaxy II | TBA July 22 | vs Phoenix Rising FC | 7:30p July 31 | @ Real Monarchs SLC | TBA Aug. 5 | vs Reno 1868 FC | 7:30p Aug. 10 | vs St. Louis FC | 7:30p Aug. 12 | vs OKC Energy FC | 7:30p Aug. 15 | @ Orange County SC | TBA Aug. 23 | @ St. Louis FC | TBA

Aug. 30 | @ Seattle Sounders FC 2 | TBA Sept. 3 | @ Portland Timbers 2 | TBA Sept. 5 | @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 | TBA Sept. 17 | @ OKC Energy FC | TBA Sept. 23 | vs LA Galaxy II | 7p Sept. 30 | vs San Antonio FC 7p Oct. 4 | @ Phoenix Rising FC | TBA Oct. 7 | vs Seattle Sounders FC 2 | 7p Oct. 14 | vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC | 7p

ROUGHNECK ROLLER DERBY Home bouts played at Ninowski Recreation Center (Broken Arrow) May 27 | vs Confluence Crush RD June 10 | @ 580 (Lawton)

June 17 | vs Central Arkansas RD July 8 | @ Card (Little Rock, Ark.)

July 22 | vs OKC Aug. 12 | vs South Central Roller Girls

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ET EATS + TREATS

by TIFFANY DUNCAN photos by CHELSI FISHER

One of the greatest but most overlooked date night or girl’s night ideas is making sushi at home. Not only is it fun to get creative in the kitchen and learn a new skill, but sushi also makes any ordinary night feel like a special occasion (and makes a great Instagram story too). However, there’s a reason there are entire schools devoted to the art of making sushi; it’s very difficult to master, especially if you’ve never done it before. We’d never made sushi at home either, but we thought it would be fun to do a crash course for our readers. We’ve laid out a very basic beginners guide of utensils and step-by-step instructions to make two of the simplest and most popular rolls: Philadelphia and California. And remember: rolling sushi is an ancient art form. Don’t worry about making it perfect (seriously, you will

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Ra^ w ^ Talent^ MIXING RICE, VEGETABLES, FISH, AND OTHER PROTEINS CAN BE TRICKY, BUT DON’T LET A LITTLE INTIMIDATION KEEP YOU FROM CREATING HOMEMADE SUSHI ROLLS. see in the directions where we even made our own mistakes!). Just break out the sake and roll with the punches — literally.

Pre-prep Steps M  ake sure you have a large and uncrowded surface to work on. D  ump your sticky rice into a large bowl (wooden, if you have it) and cover with a damp cloth to hold in the moisture. L  ay a large sheet of plastic wrap onto your surface and place bamboo rolling mat in the center. Fold the two longer top and bottom pieces toward the center and seal them over one

another. Fold in and smooth down the shorter edges until the mat is completely covered and sealed tight. Flip the mat over so the uncreased side faces up. A  dd a little bit of vinegar to a small bowl and fill with water (this is to dip your fingers in as you go so the rice won’t stick to your hands). S lice your raw salmon into thin strips, or pull apart your smoked

salmon into thin strips (should flake easily) and set aside. S lice cream cheese into thin strips. Cut open the avocado and slice into thin strips. C  ut cucumber into two equal halves (not lengthwise), and then slice one of the halves in half. Slice the two resulting halves both in half again. Slice out the seeds with knife (see picture). Cut smaller halves into three strips, and bigger halves into four strips.


CALIFORNIA “CALI” ROLL

Cali rolls are made with crab or imitation crabmeat, cucumber, and avocado. All steps are essentially the same as the Philly roll except that Cali rolls are made “inside-out,” meaning the rice goes on the outside (except we also put some on the inside too. Oops).

PHILADELPHIA “PHILLY” ROLL

This roll typically includes salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber (but we used avocado in ours by mistake. Hey, we’re learning too). DIRECTIONS: 1. Take a sheet of Nori and fold it in half, pressing down the crease. Gently tear your Nori into two equal halves and lay one aside. Lay the other onto the bamboo mat, rough side facing up. 2. Dip your fingers into the water/vinegar bowl and pick up a handful of rice. Gently roll a thin layer of rice (do not press and pack down; keep the texture light and airy) across the whole surface of the Nori, leaving a blank strip at the front. 3. Lay thin strips of salmon across the rice, then cucumber strips (or avocado in our case) across the salmon. 4. Place strips of cream cheese flush against the salmon. 5. (This is where it starts to get really tricky; YouTube videos are extremely helpful at this point.) Slide the bamboo mat under your thumbs and start to gently roll bamboo mat over the sushi, keeping the insides in place with your fingers. The object is to seal up the edges of the Nori without the insides squeezing out. Once the bamboo mat is folded over the roll, gently squeeze and form the roll beneath your hands. 6. Using your sharp knife, begin in the middle and cut sushi into rolls (if the knife isn’t sharp enough it will mangle and mess up the roll).

EATS + TREATS ET SALMON OR PREFERRED SUSHI MEAT

STICKY RICE

CUCUMBER

SESAME SEEDS

DIRECTIONS:

BAMBOO ROLLING MAT

AVOCADO

1. Cover the rough side of the Nori in a thin layer of rice, add a sprinkling of sesame seeds. CREAM CHEESE

2. Flip over onto the bamboo mat (it will not stick to the plastic).

NORI SHEETS

ADDITIONAL ITEMS NOT PICTURED: P  lastic or cling wrap A  very sharp, non-serrated knife with a handle V  inegar

CHOPSTICKS

C  rabmeat or imitation crabmeat S picy Mayo (optional) D  amp cloth or paper towel

Sushi meat

3. Add crab, cucumber, and avocado directly onto the Nori and then roll. Drizzle with spicy mayo if desired. If you’ve never been to Nam-Hai, it’s an imported wonderland of all things Asian; half the fun of your sushi night will be shopping for ingredients here. At Nam-Hai, you can get sushi and sashimi knives for cheap, as well as many of your other sushi supplies including bamboo rolling mats, chopsticks, rice and soy sauce bowls, Nori seaweed sheets, sushi meat, and even fortune cookies.

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If you prefer your salmon raw, it must be branded as sushi-grade to avoid any possible parasites (though please note that consuming any sort of raw or undercooked meat always comes with a slight risk). But if you prefer your salmon a little less fishy, purchase a cut or package of smoked salmon in the meat department. Crabmeat or imitation crabmeat will always come cooked and may also be purchased at the grocery store.

So what’s “imitation crabmeat,” anyway? Imitation crabmeat — typically found in the California roll — isn’t actually crabmeat at all. It’s red and white “crab sticks” made of different kinds of finely pulverized white fish, starch, artificial flavors, sodium, and occasionally MSG (please note that because of the added starch, it is not gluten-free). Imitation crabmeat is basically like the hot dog of the ocean, but it is still a tasty choice if you are just venturing into the world of sushi and aren’t quite on board with the idea of raw fish yet.

Let’s talk sticky rice Sticky rice is a staple of Japanese cooking, and it is the backbone of all quality sushi rolls. If both the rice varietal and preparation are not exact, your roll will fall apart and taste mushy and bland. Making perfect sticky rice is so time-consuming and so easy to mess up that we suggest simply picking up 2 or 3 sides of sticky rice from a local sushi restaurant (we chose In The Raw) right before your planned sushi night. That way, you can focus more on having fun with your friends or S.O. rather than fighting with the rice. (If you’re up for the challenge, however, there are thousands of sticky rice tutorials online).

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It’s a beautiful evening with a slight breeze. You’ve enjoyed a nice dinner, or maybe a picnic and a movie on the Guthrie Green, but the evening doesn’t feel complete and you’re not ready to head home yet. So you take a walk through the Brady Arts District to see what else you might find to wrap up the night. As you come around the corner to Main Street, you’re greeted by music floating through the air. Come to think of it, kicking back with a drink and some live music sounds like a great idea, but where’s that music coming from?

Feeling a bit reclusive or looking for a little privacy to congregate with friends and chat, you can move the party upstairs and still not miss anything.

Chances are, if it’s a weekend, it’s coming from The Hunt Club’s outdoor stage. The venue features a slightly lifted stage at one end — complete with lights and a modest sound system — and ample patio style seating and tables in the small courtyard to kick back and enjoy with friends. Over half of that seating area is covered by an upper level that opens up and looks down onto the stage from above.

In fact, if you aren’t paying attention, you’ll probably walk right past the patio on any given afternoon. With the gate closed, as it is during non-business hours, you’ll likely see a dark steel fence extending between The Vanguard and Hunt Club. Once evening hits, the lights turn up and the music starts; it’s a little music oasis dropped right in the middle of the Brady District.

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Sure, there are other clubs with cool outdoor stages, but none quite so well planned and executed as what you find at The Hunt Club. The fact that they’ve accomplished this right in the heart of downtown, tucked between businesses, only makes it more impressive.

Granted, The Hunt Club is kind of the “odd duck” in the neighborhood, in that it doesn’t fit into one particular niche or fit a single demographic — but that’s part of its appeal. Whether on the patio or gathered around the bar, you’re likely to find a mix of hipsters, preps, bikers, businessmen, and even a punkrocker on any given night. According to owner Mary Ellen Slape, that’s all by design. “When I opened Hunt Club, I wanted it to be a place with no drama, where anyone can come and have a laid back, good time. Everyone is welcome here. Our only rule is don’t be a jerk, and we’ll all get along fine’” Musically, The Hunt Club functions much the same way. Although the lineup is primarily rock, nothing is off limits. You can count on live music every Thursday through Saturday night (occasionally mid-week as well, if a good opportunity arises) and acoustic singer-


songwriters, cover bands, southern rock and Red Dirt are all part of the mix. More importantly, The Hunt Club has consistently been a strong supporter of local, original musicians, regularly hosting Tulsa favorites like Brandon Clark, Tony Romanello, Randy Crouch and Eric Himan, as well as hosting new artist showcases with MusicLynx, a local artist networking agent. A quick glance over the May schedule tells all. Looking for indie rock with a strong pop sense? Check out All About A Bubble May 18. Southern rock is more your style? BC & the Big Rig rock the club May 6. In the mood for smooth, acoustic pop? November will soothe your soul May 19. More inclined toward a jazz-oriented, jam band vibe? Ego Culture serves up delicious grooves May 25. No matter what your taste, you’ll likely find it on the calendar at some point during the month.

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And speaking of taste, Southern Gentlemen Catering runs The Hunt Club kitchen, offering a variety of sandwiches and snacking favorites, as well as weekly specials from its homestyle menu.

Tulsa’s newest music festival, MisFEST, debuts May 13 at River Parks West festival grounds to shine a spotlight on all aspects of female talent in the music industry — from vocalists, instrumentalists, and writers to those in music and video production and sound engineers.

Perhaps more than anything, The Hunt Club has become the quintessential neighborhood bar for the Brady District and an anchor of the neighborhood’s renaissance. With eight years under the club’s belt (aside from Cain’s Ballroom and Brady Theater), only Mexicali, Caz’s and The Violin Shop have more grounded history in the neighborhood. That’s not something that Slape takes for granted.

The seeds for MisFEST were originally planted by Casii Stephan and Amira Al-Jiboori, who met at church in the fall of 2015, shortly after Stephan moved to Tulsa. Al-Jiboori was impressed with Stephan’s singer-songwriter skills and the pair started performing as a trio later that year. The group took off and expanded to a five piece by the end of 2016, growing to a six-piece band earlier this year.

“Being in the Brady District really has been a blessing, because everyone is so supportive of each other,” she shares. “For the most part, everyone has each others back. It’s really an ‘all for one’ community here.”

“I looked at all of the female talent in this town and was impressed, but there was no real showcase for it,” Stephan explains.

That attitude of appreciation and inclusiveness is what The Hunt Club reflects the most. Starting with a staff that is all tenured enough to know the customers and bands by name and an overall atmosphere that welcomes all, The Hunt Club is definitely a favored stop in the Brady District. More than just being customer friendly, it’s a location that artists love to play and you’ll often see them stop in to have a drink and enjoy others’ music on a night off. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see artists that just played Cain’s Ballroom earlier that night stop in to relax with a drink and rub elbows with the locals.

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That was about to change, however, as the pair met Ryan Howell when he reached out to them to play BASECAMP (a camping and music festival at Turkey Mountain) last summer. “Ryan came to see us at The Fur Shop and mentioned his idea for a showcase,” Al-Jiboori recalls. “We got together to chat over coffee and found out that not only were we on the same page, but he also worked at River Parks. He had it pitched within one week, and in September we started a planning committee.” As an acronym for the formal title of “Music Is She,” MisFEST’s primary purpose is to shine a spotlight on all women in the music industry. Although the festival is focusing on Tulsa and Oklahoma talent

this year, the goal is to expand and become more of a regional showcase in the future. “We also wanted to create a community for women in music, because we’re stronger together than acting independently,” Al-Jiboori says. “It’s been neat to see the collaborations start, and we’ve already seen a number of networking opportunities pop up, with artists working together, even before the festival has happened.” MisFEST showcases seven of Tulsa’s top female artists from a variety of genres including Branjae, Fiawna Forte’, Kalo, Stephan, Annie Oakley, Rachel La Vonne, and Vagittarius. In addition, the YWCA will also host the “She Persists” songwriter’s brunch that morning, which will include brunch, acoustic performances by four artists, and a Q&A session specific to life as a female in the music industry. Tickets for the festival are $20 in advance, $35 for the brunch (including a general admission festival ticket), or $50 for VIP tickets with all proceeds benefiting the local YWCA and Tulsa River Parks.

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What’s the best beer-delivery method: cans, bottles or draft? Let’s explore the merits of each. By Rachel Wright

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Want to make some not-so-small talk next time you pony up to a bar? Ask your fellow drinkers if bottled, canned or draft beer is best. Everyone seems to have an opinion.

Basic Bottles The No. 1 argument against beer bottled in glass is that light impact the beer. Many claim it makes the beer taste “skunky.” Here’s why that happens. Light breaks down isohumulones (the compounds in hops that are light sensitive), causing them to produce 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol,

which scientists commonly refer to as “skunky thiol.” That impossibleto-pronounce thiol has a chemical makeup super close to that in a skunk’s gland that produces the smell we all know so well and dread on road trips so much. Many brewers opt for dark brown or green glass bottles, which is said to protect those light-sensitive hops compounds from UV exposure. Why do you think Corona is best enjoyed with a lime? Those clear glass bottles aren’t shielding the beer from skunkiness. Some clear bottle brewers have outsmarted the sun and use specially formulated hop extracts that don’t react to UV light.


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COCKTAIL CONFIDENTIAL CC But for all the light knocks, bottled beer is the old standby of many brewers because very little fancy equipment is needed to put beer in a bottle. Bottles are more suitable for a packageconditioned beer, as well as limited releases, particularly barrel-aged or seasonal high-ABV brews. And there seems to be a higher-level imagery when it comes to certain beers in bottles versus cans. Some special releases deserve a more sophisticated container, and bottles achieve that more than cans.

Cans Can Think of cans as mini-kegs for your mouth. They are far better at protecting beer from UV damage than bottles and preserve carbonation with airtight seals. If you care at all about the environment, you know cans are easier to recycle. The case against cans is the metallic flavor many claim negatively impacts taste and the natural conductive element of metal warms beer too quickly. On the inside of beer cans, there’s often a lining between the beer and the tin, preventing the liquid from absorbing that flavor. So, the flavor you don’t want is a result of your mouth touching the can. Cans are durable, easy to open and easy to transport, so as long as you bring your favorite mug with you, you can avoid that flavor by pouring before enjoying. Bonus for the outdoorsy canned beer drinker, many recreation areas like pools, campgrounds or, say, the Illinois River don’t allow glass for safety purposes. Broken glass and bare feet don’t mix.

Draft Dominates If you’re out on the town and you trust the establishment you frequent to treat its keg lines and CO2 ratios properly, many say draft is where it’s at. Kegs offer the ultimate UV guard, and there’s no better seal than that of a professionally filled keg. Unless you’re bringing muscle, it’s unlikely you’ll consider kegs mobile. The issue many take with draft beer is that it gives them a headache. That has little to do with the beer — unless you drink too much of it, or are allergic to an ingredient in it — and probably something to do with dirty keg lines or too much CO2. Another potential reason for nasty draft beer is that it’s old. If you’re drinking a holiday ale in August, you’re asking for it. There are risks associated with drinking draft, but consider another factor majorly impacting beer flavor: temperature. Kegs are stored cold, in the walk-in, in the refrigerated truck and in the distribution center, leaving little time to warm up and ruin the flavor. That’s assuming you’re not drinking a beer that should be served room temperature. If keg lines are clean, CO2 levels are on point, the beer was stored appropriately and the beer isn’t a year old, draft offers the freshest, crispest flavor with no skunk or metal side effects. When pouring from a draft system, you’re usually getting a different carbonation level than you might from a bottle or can. By having the keg hooked up to the draft system, there is constant pressure being applied to liquid. Many will tell you that a fresh beer, poured off a clean draft system, has a certain energy that a bottle or can poured beer can lack.

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I’m normally fairly ladylike, but there’s something about drinking straight from the bottle that makes me feel free. It just seems fresher, more crisp and delicious out of a bottle.

Richelle Draft is great if the lines are kept clean. Nothing better than a good fluffy head.

Haley Depends on the beer. Guinness in draft, Corona in bottle, and domestics in a can.

Joseph I’d say it’s how it’s poured, brewed, stored and how the lines are maintained. I like draft for the most part when it’s a good keg and lines are cleaned. A good beer is good out of a can or a bottle as well when bottled, stored and poured correctly. Bottom line, good beer is good beer and bad beer is bad beer.

Daniel Bottled beer is for beach days. Canned beer is for lake days. Draft beer is for putting your pinky in the air at your next trendy outing.

Nikki For freshness, the order is draft, canned, then bottled. I would say free beer tops them all.

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The G’s Debris (from Albert G’s) combines seasoned french fries with brown gravy and chopped brisket.

LORD OF THE FRIES By Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon

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Fries…chips…potato wedges…thin cut and thick cut… straw fries…cheese-topped potato slices… Whatever you want to call their many variations, french fries delight Americans so much that we eat an estimated 29 to 30 pounds of them per person every year. Fries are such a versatile side dish that they can be served in tons of ways — plainly salted with ketchup, dusted with special herb mixes, cheesed up, spicy jalapeno covered, and even sweetened. That much crispy, carbolicious goodness can’t be wrong. Or at least not so wrong that you should avoid it all the time. When you go out for a treat with your pals, hit the bars or take the children out for dinner, this tasty side dish is waiting for you with anticipation. It’s worth treating yourself, especially when you find fries served in a way that is uniquely outstanding. We’ve compiled our list of favorite spots around Green Country to enjoy the best of the best in fries. To narrow the list to a manageable level (in other words, less than the entire magazine’s length), we eliminated the obvious places to get a quick fix, like fast food joints, as well as the plainly salted kind that you can find just about anywhere. In other words, we’re highlighting Green Country’s most unusual, most special, and most favorite fries so you can eat your way around town in style.

Albert G’s Bar-B-Q

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It’s not hard to imagine finding a side of fries at a barbecue place. But Albert G’s dresses up this side in creatively delicious ways. The G’s Debris are more than fried; they’re seasoned and then smothered in brown gravy and chopped brisket to make your mouth water. And their sweet potato waffle fries are a favorite among regulars. Plus, big screens and drinks for game night make Albert G’s a winner.

A dressed-up burger joint in Tulsa’s upscale Utica Square, BGB serves delicious burgers alongside fabulous dressed-up fries. You won’t be disappointed, whether you go with the Suit and Tie, topped with truffle oil and parmesan; the Buffalo, topped with Buffalo sauce and blue cheese; the Salt and Vinegar with feta; the Bacon Ranch; or the Sweet Dream, made with sweet potatoes topped with marshmallow cream sauce, candied pecans and cinnamon. Eat them on the sidewalk in warm weather.

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The Blue Rose is famous for its casual, sizable deck overhanging the Arkansas River, making it a popular go-to for beers and burgers with your friends. But the real star of their menu is their cheese fries — a heaping pile topped with crispy bacon, cheddar and Jack cheese, served with ranch for dipping. This massive portion is great as an appetizer or shared side, or you can just own the calories, add chicken to your order and call it dinner.

Do calf fries count? Because Caz’s is the place for what they affectionately call Great Balls O’ Fire. Served smothered in buffalo hot sauce, they’re darn good, if you’re into that kind of thing. If fries made from actual potatoes is your deal, Caz’s has you covered there too, with their awesome cheese fries. Add bacon, chili, jalapenos and sour cream, and Caz’s will help you start the party.

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With big screen TVs, arcade games and more, a trip to D&B’s is a great break from your normal dinner routine. Children and adults love the Lotsa Loaded Tots, topped with hot queso, bacon and scallions, served with sriracha ketchup. A dollar of the purchase price goes to Make A Wish Foundation. Also, try the crispy beer battered twisted steak fries, which are as tasty as they sound.

Fassler Hall in Tulsa is like nowhere else, not even in OKC (where Fassler No. 2 now resides), and part of the reason is their one-of-a-kind gluten-free duck fat fries, served with a cup of yummy Gouda cheese to dip them in. They’re perfectly seasoned and go perfect with a cold, tall glass of craft beer. Do Fassler Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and they’ll give them to you free with any food purchase.

This fun, folksy diner gets points for its down home charm, friendly service and tasty burgers. Add to that some Route 66 ambiance, and you’ve got a destination worth visiting whenever you’re taking a road trip that direction. Of course, you should try their french fries, which are hand cut and cooked fresh, just like you expect to get at a classic, old-fashioned diner.

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‘Why change a good thing?’ seems to be Harden’s Hamburgers’ mantra. They forever keep the tradition alive of the burger, fries and a coke meal. Since 1939 — yes, 1939 — Harden’s special seasoning, which is still somewhat of secret, has made their french fries the perfect sidekick to an already amazing hamburger. If you haven’t stopped into this classic hamburger joint, you haven’t quite experienced Tulsa.

The first thing to say about the Atlas Grill is its freshness and quality of food. Then secondly, the awesome staff is conscious of every customer’s need. That being said, their hand-cut fries are an extension of everything you can expect from the grill. We’d also be remiss if we didn’t tell you about their fresh sweet potato fries. They add a touch of class and flavor to everything else they serve.

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Amid the cool 1950s decor and friendly service, you’ll find some tasty homecooked diner classics. Any meal is the better when ordered alongside their home fries with fried onions, which make a great side for both breakfast and lunch meals. Or order the traditional fries, perfectly cooked to match that diner-style burger you’re eating. Freeway has three convenient locations, serves breakfast all day and is affordable. What’s not to love?

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Fat Guy’s Burger Bar

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PRHYME

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PRHYME is one of those restaurants where if it isn’t excellent, they don’t do it. Found on the accessories menu, the pomme frites are served with a scrumptious garlic aioli and béarnaise dipping sauce that will have you asking, ‘More, please.’ They work perfectly alongside a prime tenderloin filet as well as any of their sandwiches off the bar menu.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 8330 Riverside Pkwy. | Tulsa

We’re throwing Ruth’s Chris on this list for one reason — to remind you that you can have elegance and a side of fries at the same time. This steakhouse gives you the best of both worlds, with perfectly aged and grilled steaks, excellent seafood, gorgeous ambiance, impeccable service and your choice of traditional, fresh cut fries or extrathin and crispy shoestring fries that make your mouth water.

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You can’t really claim to be an Oklahoman without at least a visit to RibCrib, the state’s homegrown rib joint. They serve a pleasing side of french fries that comes topped with cheese and bacon bits, and served with ranch. And of course, you can add RibCrib’s famous, slow-cooked brisket or pork to those fries and really make a meal out of them that you won’t soon forget.

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The rich, wood-fired menu at SMOKE. is a stellar example of what happens when a restaurateur creates bold dishes in crowdpleasing way. The result is an amazing selection of Angus burgers, Reubens with housemade corned beef, onion and blue cheese flatbread, and other tasty concoctions. All are excellent served with their fresh, hand cut fries. Plus, SMOKE.’s servers are attentive and knowledgeable, making the overall experience a delight.

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Believe it or not, you can eat some delicious fries at a sushi place. Yokozuna proves this every day. Their sushi rolls are epic, and their location downtown makes Yokozuna one of the more popular, happening restaurants in all Green Country. And one of their best appetizers is their house cut sweet potato fries, which are served with chili soy sauce and wasabi mayo, and are surprisingly good when eaten with sushi.


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Racks of ribs are generously rubbed with Chuck Gawey’s secret recipe before being tossed in the smoker to bathe in hickory and pecan smoke.

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Not much is tastier than smoked meats. And taking its ‘cue from a secret rub and brazenly seasoned meats, Albert G’s is rolling out plenty of soul-satisfying options. Let’s dig in, shall we? By Donna Leahey

A Tulsa tradition since 1992, Albert G’s is bringing the meat. Just don’t ask owner Chuck Gawey for his secret rub recipe, he won’t give it to you. Visit him at Albert G’s Bar & Q, though, and he’ll be glad to serve that rub to you, on generous plates of slow-smoked brisket, ribs, turkey, and more. Of course, all that sweet, savory, and spicy goodness will just make you want that recipe even more. The original location on Harvard features a comfortable outdoor dining area and large glass windows to let in natural light. Before Albert G’s moved in, it was a gas station. They remodeled, added a deck, and bought their first smoker. It’s over 30 years old now and still slow smoking quality meats to perfection. “We’re planning a birthday bash this summer,” Gawey says.

About three and a half years ago, Gawey opened the downtown location. The door handle is a modified meat cleaver. And that lets you know you’re in for something special. The white, steel, and red exterior opens into the spacious dark wood interior with red painted highlights and exposed roof beams. Lights dangle from the ceiling high overhead while the scent of wood smoke permeates the walls. Hidden behind the kitchen, the smoke room is a cozy area with stainless steel smokers dominating the space. Racks of ribs and turkey breast are generously rubbed with Gawey’s secret recipe before being tossed in the smoker to bathe in hickory and pecan smoke.

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“It’s a team effort. Every morning, we’re in here prepping,” Gawey says. “Spending extra time prepping the meats, handchopping the brisket. We make the sauce and rub, and then every night we’re in here rubbing the brisket and setting it to smoke overnight.” That brisket is the most popular item on the menu. It’s certified Angus beef slowsmoked for over 12 hours. The beef is tender and juicy and full of smoked flavor. The pork ribs are another popular choice. The meat falls off the bone, and the rub gives them just the right kick. They’re so good, you will find room for just one more until they’re all gone. The smoked chicken wings are a spicy favorite too. “They’re smoked on custom

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racks for one and a half hours, then fried to order.” The result is a crispy, juicy, tender wing with enough heat to make you reach for another sip of your drink before going back in for another bite. Gawey’s favorite menu item is the smoked sweet potato. It comes drenched in butter, brown sugar, sour cream and topped with your choice of chopped brisket, pulled pork, or chunks of hickory bacon. He also wants everyone to try the tabouli. “My mom worked at the Harvard location when we opened, and she said we should have tabouli,” he says. “We still make it the same way. It’s a lot of work, but we still serve it.” Don’t miss the Route 66 Nachos off the appetizer menu. Crisp tortilla chips smothered in white queso, sour cream, tomatoes, scallions, and jalapenos with your choice of chopped brisket or pulled pork. Zesty salsa comes on the side. The sandwich menu is filled with meaty options like brisket, pulled pork, turkey, bologna, polish sausage or hot links. You

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can also choose Albert G’s BLT piled with thick smoked bacon or the Fat Albert G’s, a meaty treat with bologna, brisket, turkey, pulled pork, and a hot link topped with coleslaw and a sweet sauce. It will satisfy even the hungriest appetite. All the sandwiches come with your choice from Albert G’s tasty menu of side items. Dinners come with one, two, or three meat options and two sides. You get even more meat choices with dinner. In addition to brisket, pulled pork, turkey, bologna, polish sausage or hot links, you can also have Albert G’s amazing Tulsa style ribs and, Wednesday and Saturday nights, you have the option for their famous smoked chicken. It will be a challenge, but save some room for dessert. You won’t regret it. Among the sweet options are banana pudding, Key lime pie, sweet potato pie, and an apple tart topped with ice cream. All those options are great, but don’t pass up the chance to try the chocolate bourbon pecan pie. Even people who don’t like pecan pie will love this one. Sweet pecan pie filling, rich,

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smoky bourbon and chocolate chips baked right into it. The flavors blend together into a satisfying tasty treat that will keep you coming back for one more taste. The downtown location boasts Tulsa’s largest selection of whiskey, Oklahoma craft beer, and cocktails. Be sure to try the barrelaged cocktails. The best selling is the Sauza black barrel margarita. Albert G’s starts with Hornitos Black Barrel blended into a traditional margarita, then adds bitters and ages it for more than 12 weeks in a charred barrel. When you order it, they add sweet and sour, agave nectar, and a splash of grapefruit. You’ve never had a margarita like this. It’s a special treat that will taste great next to any of Albert G’s meals. There’s daily happy hour, daily specials like the fried catfish, and plenty of televisions for sporting events. If you’ve got an event that needs catering, consider Albert G’s. “Ten to 1,000,” says Gawey. “We cater every day. We’re flexible and will work with you. We’ve done whole pigs for special events.”

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If good things come in small packages, then you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that great pizza sometimes comes from small storefronts. Pizza Express is the little pizza place with so much flavor that you may just think the pizza box is bigger on the inside.

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“I wanted a small store,” says Staci Hahn, who owns Pizza Express with her husband, Steve. “And then this space became available at the end of last year. We like the small communities, and Jenks is a really close community.” Pizza Express shows their community pride with the Jenks Trojans logo overlooking the cozy lobby. There are a couple of booths for those who want to have their food fresh out of the oven rather than carrying it out. Since opening in March, Pizza Express has revamped everything. New owners, new menu, complete overhaul. New everything. Pizza Express has also been popular with racing fans, in part because of Steve Hahn’s relationship with the racing community. His parents, Emmett and Fuzzy Hahn, are integral parts of the Chili Bowl National. In fact, Pizza Express is the Chili Bowl official pizza. The Pizza Express menu includes not just pizza, but wings and calzones as well. You can also pick up a grilled chicken salad, cheese sticks, or sweet dessert, all made fresh to order. The regular crust pizza dough, sauce, garlic butter, cinnamon butter, and

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ranch are made by hand in-house, and you can taste the freshness. The most popular menu item is the stuffed crust pizza, with mozzarella hidden inside the crust like a rich and savory prize in a box of Cracker Jack. If you’ve tried chain restaurants’ stuffed crust and thought it was doughy and unpleasant, give Pizza Express’ stuffed crust a

try. The gooey mozzarella nestled inside a crisp and flavorful crust will have you looking forward to those last few bites. Another popular choice is the calzone. You can choose your own fillings, but Pizza Express suggests their original ‘zone with Canadian bacon, sausage, onion, and mushroom or the specialty ‘zone stuffed with all meat and veggies. The calzones are brushed with housemade garlic butter and topped with a sprinkle of parmesan and baked so perfectly brown that the crispy crust is as good as the fillings inside. The calzones are served with a side of marinara and ranch for dipping. Don’t forget to try the chicken wings while you’re there. You can get them bone-in or boneless and choose from blue cheese, ranch, garlic sauce, barbecue sauce, marinara, or taco sauce to go on the side. The grilled chicken salad is a surprisingly good side option. A crisp green salad loaded with a generous helping of freshly cooked chicken. The

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intensely cinnamon dessert is a rich treat you deserve to enjoy. You can order whatever you want on your pizza, but Pizza Express has an extensive menu of specialty pies, including traditions like the works, or the all-meat pie, but also unique flavors like the taco pizza, the chicken bacon ranch, and the Alfredo chicken, among others. All the pizzas are made with Pizza Express’ housemade sauce. The flavor is fresh, bright, and full of tomato without being too acidic. The seasoning is balanced to give just the right taste to the cheese and toppings without being overwhelming. And take Hahn’s advice: Get a side of the housemade ranch. Whether you dip a wing, a slice of calzone, or a pizza crust, you’ll be glad you did. “Buttermilk is what makes it special,” she says. EVERYTHING

small is a nice side, but the large is plenty big enough for a meal all by itself. The chicken is cooked when you order it, so it’s piping hot. Finish off your meal with one of the dessert choices. The apple pie pizza is loaded with sweet apple, sprinkled with cinnamon, and drizzled with creamy glaze. This take on the classic American dessert complements a dinner of pizza and wings perfectly. Or try the cinnamon sticks. This sweet and

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Pizza Express uses local ingredients whenever possible, and it shows in the freshness of their menu. Whether it’s the veggies on the pizza or the chicken on the salad, you will appreciate the attention to quality. “We don’t ever cut corners. We’re really picky about everything. Anything that’s not fresh? We toss it out,” she says. For returning customers, Pizza Express has a Five

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Star Program. “Every dollar you spend earns points toward free food,” explains Hahn. Rewards range from a free order of cinnamon sticks or cheese sticks all the way to a free family special — a large one-topping pizza along with a large specialty pizza, a side, and a twoliter drink.

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Serving Up Satisfaction If you’ve had a great meal in Tulsa over the last 15 or so years, chances are that Justin Thompson had a hand in it somehow. B Y TIFFANY DUNCAN // PHO TOS B Y VALERIE GRANT

Justin Thompson is the head of the JTR (Justin Thompson Restaurants) Group in Tulsa, which includes PRHYME Downtown Steakhouse, 624 Kitchen and Catering, Tavolo Restaurant and Italian Coffee Shop, and Juniper Restaurant in the Blue Dome District. All four restaurants enjoy a wildly successful presence in the downtown dining scene, thanks to Thompson’s in-depth culinary knowledge and decades of experience in the food and beverage industry.

Although he studied philosophy and zoology in college, Thompson always found himself gravitating back toward cooking and developing taste. “Every job I’ve ever had has been in the restaurant business, and cooking gave me more of a sense of both accomplishment and community involvement than anything else,” says Thompson, “and it’s the community that drives me. Giving back and being a contributing member of the downtown and greater Tulsa community makes me feel like I have a purpose.” Thompson has been in and around the kitchen since he was 16 years old, working at corporate restaurants throughout his high school and college days. Then in 2002, he became the sous chef at Utica Square’s Polo Grill before being challenged six months later to develop Ciao, Baby! on Brookside; he was only 23 years old at the time. “I’ll never forget my first day on the job at Ciao,” he says. “I arrived to find a construction site and no one else around. I called the owner and asked if she had a crew working on building it out, but she just said, ‘That’s what you’re there for, Justin. If you want to be the chef, you’ve gotta build it first.’ I took the challenge and spent the next four months piecing together what I thought a restaurant needed.”

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In addition to Ciao, Thompson opened many more Tulsa restaurant concepts under other leadership, including Osage at Gilcrease Museum, The Brasserie, Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar, and Duke’s Southern Kitchen. Then, in the summer of 2011, Thompson decided to step out and open the first of


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his successful JTR concepts — Juniper Restaurant. He built the place from scratch with the help of his father. “We framed and sheetrocked all the walls, painted, designed and built the wine cooler, and had big piles of repurposed brick laid inside,” Thompson says. “Juniper was the place I’d been dreaming of opening for years and years. It’s kind of my baby.” Juniper is an intimate bistro specializing in American cuisine with heavy French and European influences. If you’ve been to Juniper once, you’ve probably gone back multiple times, as both the food and the atmosphere are stellar. After Juniper was established, Thompson and a mixture of different investors and culinary enthusiasts got together to develop Tavolo, 624 Kitchen & Catering, and PRHYME. The food menu and drinks at each restaurant are meticulously crafted to be the very best in the culinary area they represent. “Tavolo is the urban eatery you’d find in a back alley in Chicago,” Thompson states. “It’s exposed brick walls and 25-foot high ceilings give the space the perfect balance of cool and laid back. Our food is my interpretation of Italian cuisine. We feature handmade [never dried] pastas made fresh daily, risotto, housemade desserts and probably the best bruschetta in town. “624 Kitchen & Catering is the special event arm of our restaurant group. The event space is the perfect combination of elegance and history, as it was one of the first Art Deco buildings in downtown Tulsa. 624 Kitchen &

Catering specializes in many different kinds of foods. We’ve done Italian, French, farm-totable, Asian, German, modern American, and everything else in between as a plated dinner or buffet style setup. We are also known for our monthly Sunday brunches, which are based around what is fresh and in season.” Lastly, PRHYME is an upscale, modern American steakhouse featuring the very best in steak and wine selections. “We proudly boast that we use only USDA Prime beef for all of our cuts, and we also take the time to develop dishes other than steak,” he says. “There are currently three certified sommeliers on staff who are exceedingly knowledgeable about wine and beverages to pair with your food selection. And the bar is an up-pace and exciting place to be Monday and Tuesday, which are our half-price bar nights.” All four of Thompson’s restaurants have garnered awards and recognition for excellence in concept and taste. Thompson himself has also been recognized as one of Tulsa’s best chefs. He’s served as operating chef for the Philbrook Wine Experience and was once the featured chef for a fundraiser dinner for former President Bill Clinton. “It’s been a wild ride opening 10 different concepts, but I’ve learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and gotten better with age, I think,” says Thompson. “Taking the time to teach what I’ve learned over the years to my staff is the most rewarding thing about my job now, and coaching has become my most fulfilling pastime at work.”

LOCATOR PRHYME: DOWNTOWN STEAKHOUSE 111 N. Main St. | Tulsa 918-794-7700 prhymetulsa.com

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AFFORDABLE AND EFFECTIVE, CATOOSA’S PLASTER PAINT COMPANY OFFERS NEARLY 40 COLORS TO HELP MAKE DIY PROJECTS SIMPLE, STRAIGHTFORWARD AND VIBRANTLY BEAUTIFUL. by Michele Chiappetta | photos by Valerie Grant Today, do-it-yourself projects are highly popular. With resources like Pinterest at your fingertips, it’s easy to search for creative ways to build something new or repurpose something old to give it new life and add color and interest to your home. A love for DIY work is what led mother-daughter team Kathy Campbell and Annette Wicker into a search for a new paint. And that search eventually led them to found the successful local business in Catoosa, Okla., known as The Plaster Paint Company.

they were not satisfied with the chalk paints on the market. These paints are useful for creating a chalky, aged look that can be easily distressed and textured to appear vintage. But the brands the mother-daughter team tried out were pricy, yet didn’t produce the quality they were looking for.

“We’ve flipped houses and done it all,” says Wicker, talking about the many projects she has done with her mother, and with the support of her father and husband, Harold. “If we don’t know how to do something, we’re going to find out.”

Wicker remembers wondering how they would pull that off. But after much research and experimentation, the two women developed a paint based on a recipe for plaster, their first homemade paint and the source of their brand name. “We started in my parents’ garage, all of us working full time jobs and then rushing home in the evening to master the recipe for our paint,” says Wicker. After a while, they realized there was a

In a nutshell, that’s how the Plaster Paint brand was born. Wicker and Campbell enjoyed doing makeovers on furniture, yet

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After searching out, testing and rejecting many brands, Campbell suggested they make their own paint. After all, as do-it-yourselfers, why wouldn’t they?


GETTING TO KNOW GK the Plaster Paint Company can also supply you with paintbrushes, cleaners, paste wax, aging wax, glosses and other related products to help make your DIY project simple and straightforward. If you have never done a DIY project before that involves painting, don’t worry. Campbell and Wicker offer how-to videos for those who need some extra guidance in how to repurpose their furniture, as well as specialty classes for those who want to learn DIY techniques and proper use of the paint to get the effects they want.

market for selling their paint to other DIY-ers. And so, the business was born. The Plaster Paint Company has its main location in Catoosa, and it’s family-owned and operated. There are also well over 200 locations — both resellers and distributors — nationwide and in Canada selling the Plaster Paint brand. The company’s growth has been rapid since it first launched in 2012. It’s not hard to see why the brand has been successful. It’s affordable and it’s effective, two key components to a product that sells well. “We wanted to make an affordable alternative to the competitive paints on the market,” says Wicker. “We wanted to make it to where any person in any household can afford to buy this paint and not have to go out and use harsh chemicals to redo furniture.” If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to own a small business, Campbell and Wicker can testify that it is hard but satisfying work. It takes time to test products and refine them until they are just right. “We gave away a lot of paint in the first two years,” Wicker says. “We do all the work in-house. Most everything we purchase is local, and we do all the startup stuff in-house.” Fans of the Plaster Paint brand praise it for its ease of use and its consistency in covering just about any surface you might apply it to. The paints are available in over 40 colors. And

The Plaster Paint Company also gives to charity as a regular part of their business approach. All profits from their Sweet Pea line of products, a custom pink color created by one of their vendors, Lynn Bennett, go to support The Care Project, a cancer charity. Bennett is a survivor of breast cancer.

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Campbell and Wicker also encourage those who attend their free classes to bring canned food and gently used clothing items for donation. “We like to give to the DaySpring Villa,” says Wicker, which helps victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence. At times, they also donate to organizations like the John 3:16 Mission. The mother-daughter team’s latest endeavor is the Wild Heart Marketplace and Café. Yes, believe it or not, they’re making time to sell café items as well as paint products. “What we say is, never let us get bored,” says Wicker. So, naturally, they started a restaurant. “We have always wanted to do a café,” she says. Wild Heart offers breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, including homemade soups every day, subs, salads, burgers, and other delectable homemade recipes. Some of their customers come in every day, says Wicker, because they love the food so much. The décor is vintage and eclectic, and you can eat there before or after a foray into the paint supplies for that DIY project you’re working on. All in all, it’s a fun place to eat and shop, and you won’t regret the trip along Route 66 to visit.

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THE DINNER

When Stan Lohman, a popular congressman running for governor, invites his troubled younger brother Paul and his wife Claire to join him and his wife Katelyn for dinner at one of the town’s most fashionable restaurants, the stage is set for a tense night. While Stan and Paul have been estranged since childhood, their 16-year-old sons are friends, and the two of them have committed a horrible crime that has shocked the country. While their sons’ identities have not yet been discovered and may never be, their parents must now decide what action to take. As the night proceeds, beliefs about the true natures of the four people at the table are upended, relationships shatter, and each person reveals just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love. Cast: Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall Rating: R

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Anne is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful, driven but inattentive movie producer, she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband. What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life. Cast: Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard Rating: PG

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Successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield takes a perverse detour from family life, vanishing without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife, children and neighbors. Cast: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner, Beverly D’Angelo Rating: PG-13

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MAY 12 Extreme Weather Weather has always been one of the most dynamic and complex forces shaping our planet, but now it’s intensifying in varied and complex ways. Extreme Weather takes us to the front lines where few have gone. Follow a group of researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our everchanging weather. MAY 1 TED Cinema Experience Once a year, the world’s most powerful ideas are shared on the TED stage in Vancouver, BC. Watch in a special experience for cinemas, captured live. It will explore the deepest scientific and psychological insights, the latest medical advances, and thrilling new inventions all mixed with a dose of ancient wisdom. The program features a succession of extraordinary speakers — risk-takers, visionaries, celebrities, and an emerging generation of idea creators — who should deliver the “talk of their lives.” MAY 7 The Outsiders Set in 1965, the rivalry between two gangs, the low-income Greasers and the Socs, wealthier kids from the other side of Tulsa, only heats up when Johnny stabs the Socs’ Bob to death. Actors in attendance include C. Thomas Howell (Ponyboy Curtis), Ralph Macchio (Johnny Cade), and Darren Dalton (Randy Anderson).

MAY 19 ALIEN: COVENANT

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which includes Walter, an android similar to David, a survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition, find what they believe to be an uncharted paradise. It soon reveals itself to be a dangerous world inhabited by the original David and monstrous creatures that start to hunt them. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup Rating: R

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL

Greg convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday as a cover for what he really wants: to attend a nearby gamer convention. Unsurprisingly, things do not go according to plan and Heffley family antics ensue. Cast: Jason Ian Drucker, Owen Asztalos, Charlie Wright Rating: NR

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

An old rival, Armando Salazar, who along with his Spaniard Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle, pursues Captain Jack Sparrow. Salazar is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack seeks the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar. Cast: Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites Rating: NR

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MAY 11 Obsession Jude Law (Road to Perdition, Closer, The Talented Mr. Ripley) stars in the stage production broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Obsession is an Italian 1943 film based on the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain. Luchino Visconti’s first feature film, it is considered by many to be the first Italian neorealist film.

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ruth’s chris steak house • 5 o’clock somewhere bar • landshark pool bar johnny rockets • paradise cove theater • emerge spa & salon Looking for island vibes? You’ll find them right here in Tulsa at River Spirit Casino Resort. This all-new, $329 million resort is much more than your average hotel-casino-resort. With two distinct casinos—including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino—a stunning hotel tower, new restaurants, bars and a resort-style pool with a swim-up bar. It’s Tulsa’s newest must-see destination, one that’s brought Oklahoma a little taste of the islands.

Reserve your room in paradise today! Riverspirittulsa.com • 81ST & riverside

May 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 5)  

For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for discovering Green Country and locating the perfect place to eat, drink, visit, sho...

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